FMC Seeking Comments on Detention & Demurrage Fees

Comments due by November 6th

The Federal Maritime Commission is seeking comments regarding ocean carrier application of fees related to detention and demurrage, the definition of “merchant” in the bill of lading, and who can be held liable for container return and retrieval. The request for comments responds to complaints from transportation providers and third-party groups following release of FMC’s related interpretive rule in the spring. Deadline to submit comments is November 6, 2020.

Comments should be addressed to Rachel E. Dickon, Secretary Federal Maritime Commission.

To submit comments via EMAIL:

Comments may be submitted by e-mail as an attachment (preferably in Microsoft Word or PDF), addressed to  on or before November 6, 2020. Include in the subject line: “Response to FMC NOI – Merchant Clause.”

To mail in your comments:
Rachel E. Dickon, Secretary Federal Maritime Commission
800 North Capitol Street, N.W. Room 1046 Washington, D.C. 20573-0001


If you have any questions regarding this Notice of Inquiry, please contact Benjamin K. Trogdon, Director, and Cory Cinque, Trial Attorney Bureau of Enforcement, Federal Maritime Commission, 800 North Capitol Street, N.W Washington, D.C. 20573-0001
Phone: 202-523-5783
E-mail: and

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