Published: 06/05/2024

FMC Updates to Billing & Detention Charges That Can Affect You

As of May 28, 2024, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has implemented new regulations and charges from ocean carriers.

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We want to keep you informed about the latest changes in the industry that may impact you. As of May 28, 2024, the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has implemented new regulations regarding demurrage and detention charges from ocean carriers. These changes are intended to provide clarity and fairness in the billing practices of the shipping industry.

The Final Rule aims to address concerns about how demurrage and detention charges are invoiced and collected by ocean carriers, marine terminal operators, and non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs). To ensure transparency and proper billing practices, the FMC has outlined specific requirements for issuing invoices, disputing charges, and requesting fee mitigation, refund, or waiver.

Here is a summary of the key provisions:

  • Invoices will now be sent directly to the cargo owner or consignee, who is the ultimate recipient of the cargo. Vessel-operating carriers (VOCCs), marine terminal operators (MTOs), and non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) have specific timelines for issuing invoices.

  • We have implemented a new process to prevent demurrage and per diem as much as possible. If you have any concerns about charges, please contact us directly. We are here to help address any issues and find the right solution.

As your logistics partner, at White Star Logistics we are committed to helping you navigate these changes and ensuring that your shipments are handled with efficiency and accuracy. We are here to provide you with the information and assistance you need to comply with the new regulations and make sure your shipments reach their destination smoothly.

We encourage you to review the details of the Final Rule and reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have. Our team is ready to support you through these changes and ensure the success of your shipments. We value our partnership with you and look forward to continuing to serve your logistics needs.

For more information on the FMC Final Rule, please visit the FMC’s official announcement. Thank you for choosing White Star Logistics as your logistics partner. We appreciate your business and are here to help you every step of the way.

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