A charge made at the time of loading or unloading a trailer/container because the driver is being held beyond their allotted free time.
Typically, there are 2 hours free time before detention charges begin.
Detention is billed on an hourly basis and is a negotiable charge at time of contract, but not at time of invoicing.
Demurrage is a charge assessed when cargo is left at the terminal beyond the allotted free time.
Congestion at pick-up or delivery or the location being closed is not a free pass. The clock will continue ticking, so it is imperative to address demurrage quickly.
Demurrage is billed at a daily rate and escalates as the days increase.
Demurrage charges need to be paid before a container can be pulled from the yard.
If you want to know more about these charge we invite you to read "Demurrage, Detention, Per Diem & Storage - Definitions & How to Avoid".