FMC ISSUES REPORT ON PENALTY CHARGES

May, 2015

FMCUnder pressure from agricultural exporters, the trucking industry and many other affected groups, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) undertook a study on the demurrage, per diem and chassis charges assessed during the West Coast ports slowdown. The full report can be read here.  While the Commission stopped short of mandating adjustments to the per diem and demurrage policies, they did propose changes to lessen their impact.  The FMC recommended ocean carriers could reduce or waive the charges, marine terminals could employ technology to improve truck turn times and port authorities could add mandates or incentives to improve terminal productivity.