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Meat Institute and USHSLA Commend FMC Report

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

NAMI and the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) joined 67 other organizations in signing a multi-association coalition letter to commend the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) on the release of its recent report examining the impact of port congestion on demurrage, detention and per diem charges paid by beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) and their motor carriers. The organizations called the practice of charging BCOs and their motor carriers detention and demurrage fees for factors beyond their control “unfair” and “unreasonable,” and commended the report for capturing these concerns. The letter also thanks the FMC for steps it has taken to help importers, exporters and motor carriers recover some of the detention and demurrage charges levied during the recent disruptions at West Coast ports. The organization, however, urged the FMC to consider all of the options outlined in the report to ensure that Marine Terminal Operators and Vessel Operating Common Carriers discontinue the practice of assessing detention and demurrage charges when BCOs and their motor carriers are unable to pick up or drop off loaded containers, or return equipment within free time limits because of factors beyond their control.

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