Terminals Can't Issue Detention Fees if Ports Closed

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has ruled that marine terminal operators may not impose detention and demurrage charges on days that port facilities are closed, following a complaint by motor carrier TCW against ocean carrier Evergreen Shipping Agency. TCW was charged for three days of detention for container and chassis over the Memorial Day holiday weekend when Georgia’s Port of Savannah was closed. The FMC determined that such charges are a violation of its regulations. The ruling is seen as precedent-setting and could have wider implications for the industry. Two ocean carriers have announced they will comply, while Evergreen has appealed.

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