In a recent unfolding scandal, the U.S. witnessed yet another wave of unjust detention charges imposed by ocean carriers. You may read here which two ocean carriers paid civil penalties amounting to $2.65 million.
These charges were levied when appointments were unavailable during the allocated free time to return equipment. As if outdated practices of counting free time from vessel arrival or sneaking in additional days unnoticed were not enough, businesses were left burdened with unnecessary demurrage and detention fees.
But here’s the key: instead of silently accepting these charges without question, it’s time to take control of what importers and exporters pay to the shipping line. The number of demurrage and detention waiver claims, submitted by shippers to ocean carriers has been increasing substantially during the last 6 months.
In this blog, we explore the importance of verifying every bill and advocating for your rights to avoid absorbing unjust detention and demurrage fees. While the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) ensures compliance in the U.S., it’s essential to understand how you can seek waivers of these fees in other countries.
Let’s jump into the details and empower you to navigate this intricate landscape of shipping charges with confidence with this checklist.
The demurrage and detention dilemma can drain your valuable time and money if left unchecked. However, by taking charge of your shipments, staying proactive, and closely monitoring container movements, you can mitigate these unnecessary costs. Actively adhere to free time limits, optimize your logistics processes, and unlock the power of efficient cargo management. Don’t let demurrage and detention eat into your bottom line any longer. Seize control and start saving today!
Remember, the responsibility to seek waivers of unjust fees lies with you. Stand up against these charges, hold your team accountable, and ensure smooth operations by reclaiming control over your shipping costs. Avoid the demurrage and detention dilemma, and usher in a new era of cost-effective and efficient logistics management.