U.S. Maritime Commission resumes investigation into demurrage practices

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission is set to resume its investigation into port demurrage, detention, and free time practices of ocean carriers and container terminals.

The Commission just announced a meeting scheduled for September 4, 2018 to further the investigation, which was titled “Fact Finding No. 28: Conditions and Practices Relating to Detention, Demurrage, and Free Time in International Oceanborne Commerce.”

The Coalition for Fair Port Practices originally petitioned the Commission on carrier and terminal detention and demurrage practices. Commission Chairman Michael A. Khouri said, when the investigation was initiated in March: “Various alleged practices were described that-without countervailing or explanatory testimony and evidence-would be troubling from my perspective.”

A final report by investigating Commissioner Rebecca Dye, with findings and recommendations, is due to the Commission no later than December 2, 2018.

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