Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 11, 2010
Importers and their trucking partners faced severely increased demurrage charges as a result of delays caused by the record snowstorms this season. When a shipment isn't picked up within the time frame designated by U.S. Customs, the importer is liable for charges, known as demurrage fees.
Snowstorms frequently make it impossible for trucking companies to access the ports to pick up the goods according to schedule. But don't try giving that excuse to U.S. Customs. You are liable for the charges for any delay, even one caused by record snowfall.
According to analysis undertaken by Demurrage.org, an organization that educates importers about how to avoid demurrage, U.S. Customs generated a large increase in demurrage revenues following each of the major storms that ground traffic to a halt this winter.
It's unpleasant having to pay demurrage charges when the delay is caused by a snow storm, something totally out of your hands, but according to Demurrage.org, U.S. Customs gives importers ample time to arrange drayage for their containers. It's likely that any demurrage-inducing delays could have been avoided with better planning.
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