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Container detention or demurrage fees are a significant source of unecessary costs and profit reduction for freight forwarders and a revnue bonus for shipping companies. Mostly, the freight forwarder is liable...but not always.


Did you hear the one about...

One of our freight forwarder client's was billed for more than $52K by a shipping company for container demurrage.

Our client's view was that the reason for the delay in returning the container was a mix up between a documents courier engaged by a road transport company who did the container transport for the importer and the road transport company.

We worked with the client and built a very strong case that it was the importer who was responsible for the container demurrage.

After initially disagreeing very strongly that they or their appointed carriers were to blame, the importer settled before the matter was heard in Court.

As a result, our client has more than 52,000 reasons to be pleased with the outcome.

Our suggestion:

If you believe that you are not responsible for container detention, ask us for an opinion before giving up and writing off the money.

We have been successful with a variety of container detention matters over the past few years and we would welcome the opportunity to see if we can help you.


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