The US Federal Maritime Commissioners approved a set of recommendations today to bring about fairness in the way demurrage and detention fees are administered by ocean carriers and marine terminal operators. The FMC will soon publish a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish “interpretive” rules to address the following:
- Promoting standardized language for demurrage and detention.
- Simplifying the dispute resolution process and billing practices associated with the assessment of these fees.
- Providing guidance on what evidence is relevant to promptly resolving demurrage and detention disputes between shippers, ocean carriers and marine terminals.
- Ensuring consistent industry notice for container availability and equipment returns.