Don’t Forget the Chassis in the Chase for the Cure.

A new level of frustration has arisen from the ocean shipper ranks during this “post-COVID” period. Shipments from Asia to the U.S. are experiencing extreme difficulties in getting their cargo delivered, mainly due to the acute shortage of chassis to effect delivery of their containers on the U.S. side. The painful example of this is the BNSF current experience with Lot W. Aside from the impact to the importer in not being able to access its cargo and experiencing serious damage to its business, it is also likely to face serious demurrage charges from the ocean carrier. This is on top of having just experienced a quadrupling (or more) of the base FAK per container rates, and the ocean carrier choices to leave agricultural commodities sitting at West Coast U.S. ports, favoring the shipment of empty containers opting to position equipment for the lucrative Asia to U.S. trade.


Continue Reading The Dynamic of the Chassis Quandary Today in Ocean Shipping in the United States

On April 28, 2020, the Federal Maritime Commission (“Commission “or “FMC”) released the long-awaited interpretive rules in Docket No. 19-05 relating to how ocean common carriers may lawfully apply demurrage
Continue Reading New FMC Interpretative Demurrage and Detention Rules: Will They Assist Ocean Transportation Intermediaries?

Carlos Rodriguez, Husch Blackwell LLP partner and Transportation Counsel for the New York/New Jersey Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association Inc., will be participating in a panel on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.
Continue Reading Upcoming Transportation and Trade Forum with NY/NJ Foreign Freight Forwarders and Brokers Association