FMC demands details on demurrage and detention

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In response to complaints by US exporters and Democratic and Republican Congressional representatives, the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced that it was ordering 10 ocean carriers and 17 marine terminals to report on demurrage and detention practices and penalties assessed on shippers as well as the availability of empty containers for US exporters to ship their goods. The responses to this compulsory order will inform FMC Commissioner Dye’s next steps to address this critical issue and determine if there were any violations.  According to a CNBC analysis, the US saw at least $1.3 billion in potential agricultural exports rejected at major ports on the East and West coasts, from July to December last year.

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