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30 June 2022 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 03:51 GMT+2

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Hapag-Lloyd fined hapag-Lloyd in the USA for violating the rules on demurrage and detention costs

The company will have to pay its millions of dollars to the Department of Treasury

The German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd will have to pay the US Treasury Department a fine of two million dollars for alleged violations related to the practices of application of demurrage costs for the storage of containers in American ports, a figure that is the result of a settlement agreement with the US federal agency Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). The agreement follows a decision of last April 22 of the judge of administrative law of the FMC which considered that the German company violated the law consciously and voluntarily omitting to establish, observe and enforce regulations and practices relating to reception, handling, storage and delivery of goods, according to the judge unjustifiably refusing to waive the costs of demurrage/detention.

"To restore full confidence in our maritime transport - commented the president of the FMC, Daniel Maffei - strict application of the rules is necessary of the FMC. In particular, we must ensure that powerful vectors Ocean carriers comply with the Shipping Act when dealing with American importers and exporters. The case that you are concluded today (yesterday, ed) represents only a part of one ongoing effort to investigate any conduct in violation of the rules of the FMC and, in particular - he specified Mafferi - the interpretative rule on the charges of demurrage and extraordinary expectation".

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