Federal Maritime Commission Issues Interpretive Final Rule on Detention & Demurrage
Agency considers AfA comments
We just received word that the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) will be issuing this Interpretive Final Ruleclarifying its interpretation of the Shipping Act prohibition against failing to establish, observe, and enforce just and reasonable regulations and practices relating to or connected with receiving, handling, storing, or delivering property with respect to demurrage and detention. Specifically, the Commission is providing guidance as to what it may consider in assessing whether a demurrage or detention practice is unjust or unreasonable.
Importers, exporters, intermediaries, and truckers should not be penalized by demurrage and detention practices when circumstances are such that they cannot retrieve containers from, or return containers to, marine terminals because under those circumstances the charges cannot serve their incentive function.
Importers should be notified when their cargo is actually available for retrieval.
Demurrage and detention policies should be accessible, clear, and, to the extent possible, use consistent terminology.
In the coming days, we will be reviewing the
Interpretive Final Rule and look forward to receiving your questions and feedback.
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