Are demurrage and detention charges justified..??
This is a question that has arisen on the back of demurrage and detention charges levied by the port, terminal and shipping lines to the shippers especially in the key USA gateways of Los-Angeles/Long Beach on the West Coast and New York-New Jersey on the East Coast..
Ok, for those of you that are not aware, here’s the background..
There has been some serious congestion in the main USA gateway ports such as Los-Angeles/Long Beach on the West Coast and New York-New Jersey on the East Coast.. This has been going on since 2014 apparently kick started by labor disruptions on the U.S. West Coast in late 2014 and early 2015..
While this congestion has been continuing, truckers, forwarders and BCOs (Beneficial Cargo Owners) are being charged by the shipping lines and the ports/terminals for demurrage and detention..
Source: Hariesh Manaadiar, Shipping and Freight Professional