Shippers to challenge container line demurrage fees in US courts

Shippers in the United States are set to challenge shipping lines to claw back demurrage fees at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports. Cash-rich container lines are facing a backlash from disgruntled shippers ready to turn to the courts to test who carries the responsibility for runaway demurrage fees in the principal gateway ports to the US.

The issue is expected to move into the courts this year, after the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), which is responsible for regulating the U.S. international ocean transportation system for the benefit of U.S. exporters, importers, and the U.S. consumer, issued new guidelines on the issue of legal challenges on 28 December 2021 with the intention of making it easier for shipper associations to challenge lines and to deter “unfair and unreasonable conduct by carriers, marine terminal operators, and intermediaries”.

Source: shipsandports.com.ng


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