Carriers allow a certain amount of time for consignors and consignees to load and unload their goods for vehicles, ships, and aircraft. Demurrage refers to the problem of exceeding the allotted time due to circumstances outside the carrier's control.
Demurrage charges vary from country to country and by the carrier. Furthermore, a fee is applied to each container and each day after a designated free time, which varies from carrier to carrier.A variety of reasons can lead to demurrage. These include
Consignees are usually responsible for demurrage and settlement of these charges, even if these may be attributable to another entity like the shipper or consignee.
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