German carrier Hapag-Lloyd has welcomed the clarity that its agreement with the Bureau of Enforcement has given, after the U.S. regulator penalized the line with detention and demurrage (D&D) violations.
Hapag-Lloyd has agreed to pay $2 million in civil penalties relating to violations of D&D charges. A Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) statement said the agreement with the carrier and the fines imposed are designed to restore “full confidence” in the U.S. ocean freight regulatory system.
FMC chairman Daniel Maffei said: “We must ensure powerful ocean carriers obey the Shipping Act when dealing with American importers and exporters. The case that was concluded today [June 8] is just part of an ongoing effort to investigate any conduct alleged to violate FMC rules – and in particular, the interpretive rule on detention and demurrage charges.”
Read more in an article from The Loadstar.