US Federal Maritime Commission to investigate fees from carriers

The Federal Maritime Commission in the US will be looking into whether or not container shipping companies are charging customers with unfair fees for not retrieving and returning containers on time.

Photo: Port of Philadelphia

The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) will be investigating some of the detention and demurrage fees that container carriers charge their customers, when containers are not returned by the agreed deadline.

According to a coalition of beneficial cargo owners, freight forwarders, and truckers, some of these fees are unfair because the possibilities for receiving full containers and returning them empty often are beyond their control.

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