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Shippers and forwarders call for law to stop 'unfair' D&D fees by box lines
17 Mar, 2020

A group of shippers, freight forwarders and other liner industry stakeholders has urged the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to pass into law the interpretive rule it has drawn up on demurrage and detention practices in the US.

In a joint letter to FMC chairman Michael Khouri, by the Agriculture Transportation Coalition (AgTrans) and signed by 86 other shipping and logistics associations, the body that regulates liner shipping is urged to “expeditiously adopt” the interpretive rule drawn up by FMC commissioner Rebecca Dye last year, following the conclusion of an 18-month investigation into D&D in the US.

The signatories explained that the outbreak of coronavirus had hit every partner in the container supply chain and exacerbated already difficult tradition conditions, and claimed that shipping lines were imposing D&D fees as a “punitive” measure on their customers and suppliers.

 

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