Commissioner Rebecca Dye commences the final phase of her investigation of the detention, demurrage, and free time practices of ocean carriers and marine terminal operators with the launch of Innovation Teams. Hearings will be held no later than mid-April. The stated goal is to make focused, significant changes that will emphasize demurrage and detention incentives and boost freight fluidity. The Commissioner is inviting input on the following four areas:
- Transparent and standardized language for detention and demurrage practices;
- Clear, simple, and accessible billing and dispute resolution processes for detention and demurrage charges;
- Evidence that would be relevant to resolving demurrage and detention billing disputes; and
- Consistent notice to cargo interests of container availability
A final report on the Innovation Teams, Commissioner Dye’s findings, and any possible recommendations she may make, is due no later than September 3, 2019.