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Fair Port Practices

Call for Input on Demurrage and Detention Practices

The Harbor Trucking Association has four members that are industry representatives on the new Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Detention & Demurrage Team to help advise and bring clarity to when and how shippers pay demurrage and detention fees.  The team is composed of industry leaders, which was organized at the recommendation of Commissioner Dye in the FMC’s Fact Finding Investigation 28 report released in December 2018. They will focus on:

  • Transparent, standardized language for demurrage and detention practices;
  • Clear, simplified, and accessible demurrage and detention billing practices and dispute resolution processes;
  • Explicit guidance regarding the types of evidence relevant to resolving demurrage and detention disputes; and
  • Consistent notice to cargo interests of container availability.

Please email  by April 1 if you have been impacted or have any comments you would like the FMC to consider regarding demurrage and detention practices.

The Fact Finding Investigation 28 report petition filed in December 2016 by the Coalition for Fair Port Practices, which urges the FMC to ensure that demurrage and detention practices are fair and responsible when moving cargo through our nation’s ports.

Weston LaBar
Chief Executive Officer
Harbor Trucking Association