NITL Petition on Unfair Port Charges Bears Fruit

The Federal Maritime Commission will hold hearings on January 16-17 in response to a petition filed by NITL and two dozen other groups that raised issues associated with detention, demurrage, and per diem charges.

The organizations, known collectively as the Coalition for Fair Port Practices, filed a petition (Petition P4-16) with the FMC in December 2016 asking the agency to initiate a rulemaking proceeding “to clarify what constitutes `just and reasonable rules and practices’ with respect to the assessment of demurrage, detention, and per diem charges by ocean common carriers and marine terminal operators when ports are congested or otherwise inaccessible.”

Those interested in presenting testimony at the hearings must send their request to the FMC no later than Friday, December 8, 2017.