FMC Extends Comment Deadline on Proposed Demurrage & Detention Rule

The Federal Maritime Commission has extended the deadline to file comments on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Demurrage and Detention Billing Requirements (Docket No. 22-04) until April 16, 2022.

Information the Commission seeks and instructions on how to submit comments are specified in a February 15, 2022, Federal Register notice.

The Commission initiated the ANPRM to gauge if a new rule governing demurrage and detention billing practices would benefit the trade and should apply to marine terminal operators and non-vessel-operating common carriers in addition to vessel-operating common carriers.

The ANPRM was issued in response to information developed by Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye as part of her work leading Fact Finding 29. In July 2021, she identified issuing an ANPRM on these topics as one of the Interim Recommendations provided to the Commission on how the agency can address complaints and issues related to demurrage and detention.

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