Shipping to the United States of America

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Demurrage

  • Freetime will commence on the first 0800, the first business day following discharge of the container at an ocean terminal, or arrival of a container at an inland CY or rail ramp. If a container discharges prior to 0800 on a business day, freetime will begin that day. If a container discharges after 0800, freetime begins 0800 the next business day.The exception to this is in Philadelphia, Seattle, and Baltimore where free time commences on day of vessel departure if before 8:00 AM, the following day if after 8:00 AM. 
  • At rail ramp locations, all storage is settled directly with the rail provider according to the ramps terms and conditions, except at Florida East Coast rail ramps, Kansas City Southern in Houston, Portland, OR and Greer, SC where storage is settled with the Carrier.  In addition, for CY deliveries, demurrage will be assessed by Maersk Line for equipment use only except at the previously mentioned locations where storage and demurrage will be billed together as a demurrage charge.
 Freetime for Dry Cargo, Shipper Owned Equipment & Non Operating Reefer Equipment
 Ocean Terminals & Container Yards (CY’s) 4 Business Days
CSX Rail ramps where rail provider assesses storage (CY moves only)  4 Business Days 
Non-CSX Rail ramps where rail provider assesses storage (CY moves only)  3 Business Days 
Freetime for Reefer cargo and special equipment
Ocean Terminals & Container Yard (CY’s) 2 Business Days
CSX Rail ramps where rail provider assesses storage (CY moves only)  4 Business Days 
Non-CSX Rail ramps where rail provider assesses storage (CY moves only)  3 Business Days 
Charges per calendar day after free-time (excluding Newark)  
Dry equipment and non-operating refrigerated containers Days 1-4 225 USD per day
Days 5-9 275 USD per day
Days 10+ 325 USD per day
Operating refrigerated containers, tank equipment, flat beds, flat racks, open tops, any other specialized equipment Days 1-3 400 USD per day
Days 4-7 500 USD per day
Days 8+ 550 USD per day
Shipper Owned Equipment Days 1-4  175 USD per day
Days 5-9  225 USD per day
Days 10+  275 USD per day
Charges per calendar day after freetime (Newark): APM Terminal in Port Elizabeth New Jersey, PNCT (Port Newark Container Terminal), Global Terminal Jersey City, Maher Newark Terminal, Global Container Terminal, Bayonne, New Jersey and Howland Hook, Staten Island, New York.
Dry Equipment, including shipper owned equipment and non-operating refrigerated containers: Days 1-4 280 USD per day
Days 5-9 385 USD per day
Days 10 + 450USD per day
Operating refrigerated containers, tank equipment, flat beds, flat racks, open tops, any other specialized equipment Days 1-3 500 USD per day
Days 4-7 655 USD per day
Day 8+ 755 USD per day
Charges per calendar day for use of equipment at rail ramps, applicable to CY delivery cargo, where the rail provider collects storage directly from the customer according to their tariff:
Dry and Non-operating refrigerated containers  
Days 1-4 115 USD Per Day
Days 5-8 160 USD Per Day
Days 9+ 190 USD Per Day
Operating refrigerated and special equipment  
Days 1-3 310 USD Per Day
Days 4+ 415 USD Per Day

Exception to Above:

Applicable to operating reefer cargo for the commodity meat at all U.S. ocean terminals except: Baltimore, MD, Boston, MA, Jacksonville, FL,  Mobile, AL,  Newark, NJ, Port Everglades, FL, Staten Island, NY

 4 Working days freetime and charges thereafter are:
 Days 1-4   240 USD per day
 Days 5-9    340 USD per day
 Days 10+    440 USD per day




Detention

  • Free time for carrier’s equipment commences on the day equipment departs from carrier’s container yard.
Detention Freetime
Dry Four (4) business days
Reefer, Non-Operating Reefer and Special Equipment Three (3) business days
Detention charges per calendar day after freetime
Dry & non-operating reefer equipment Days 1-4 115 USD per day
Days 5-8 160 USD per day
Days 9+ 190 USD per day
Operating reefer and special equipment Days 1-3 310 USD per day
Days 4+ 415 USD per day

Applicable to operating reefer cargo for the commodity meat at all U.S. ocean terminals except: Baltimore, MD, Boston, MA, Jacksonville, FL,  Mobile, AL,  Newark, NJ, Port Everglades, FL, Staten Island, NY

4 Working days freetime and charges thereafter are: 125 USD per day

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