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Fact Finding 29: Advice to the Trade

Commissioner Rebecca Dye is advising that shippers and truckers may contact the Federal Maritime Commission’s Bureau of Enforcement (BoE) with allegations of ocean carriers and marine terminal operators employing practices or regulations in violation of 46 USC 41102(c) involving non-compliance with the Final Rule published earlier this year by the agency that addresses detention and demurrage.

Individuals with specific allegations of behavior that violates § 41102 (c) when considered in the context of guidance provided in the Interpretive Rule on Demurrage and Detention Under the Shipping Act, should submit their complaint and supporting evidence to the Bureau of Enforcement by writing:


In April of this year, the Commission published its interpretive rule providing guidance to industry on how the reasonableness of detention and demurrage regulations and procedures would be assessed.  Since then, the agency has received feedback from shippers and other parties critical of the level of compliance carriers and MTOs have shown to the new rule.

Commissioner Dye issued today’s advice to the trade as part of her ongoing work conducting Fact Finding 29, “International Ocean Transportation Supply Chain Engagement”, which was launched in March 2020.

On November 19, 2020, the Commission voted unanimously to issue a Supplemental Order to Fact Finding 29, reinforcing the broad authority for Commissioner Dye’s investigation.  One of the three areas the Supplemental Order identifies for further examination is whether detention and demurrage practices of ocean carriers operating in an alliance and calling at the Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, or the Port of New York & New Jersey violate 46 USC 41102(c).