The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has provided an additional 30 days for public comment on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on Demurrage and Detention Billing Requirements. interested parties now have until April 16, 2022 to file comments with the Commission.

The Commission initiated the ANPRM to gauge if a new rule governing demurrage and detention billing practices would benefit the trade.

As of April 1, the Commission has received 23 comments from the public. Most commenters are in support of the FMC working to improve detention and demurrage billing practices, however some are wary of additional regulations.

The full text of the ANPRM, which was published in the Federal Register on February 15, 2022, includes a list of questions along with detailed response instructions. Comments received will be used to inform the Commission’s decision to issue a new rule.