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NAMI and USHSLA Urge FMC to Reevaluate the Assessment of Demurrage and Detention Charges

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

(North American Meat Institute)

NAMI and the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association (USHSLA) signed a multi-association coalition letter to once again urge the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to take action to prohibit the assessment of demurrage, detention and per diem charges when beneficial cargo owners (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. The letter also called upon the FMC to ensure that carrier and terminal rules and practices for assessing demurrage and detention charges against a shipper, receiver or drayman are reasonable and are not levied as a result of congestion or delays caused during instances similar to the recent West Coast Ports labor dispute. The associations previously sent a letter to the FMC on April 27 requesting similar action against these charges.

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