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Local Information > Demurrage & Detention Free Time and Charges
Demurrage & Detention Free Time and Charges

*Demurrage & Detention Free Time and Charges for all Trades except for cargo originating from/destined to US ports and points via US ports. Please click here for details of United States related Services”

Demurrage: What is it?

Demurrage charges are applied for storage of laden containers whilst in OOCL’s care in a port, rail terminal, feeder terminal, inland depot or container yard. Demurrage is applied after the designated free time has expired.

When Does Import Demurrage Free Time Start?

For all UK container yards EXCEPT Belfast, Immingham and Grangemouth:

If a vessel arrives at the port PRIOR to 0800 hrs on Day 1, this day (Day 1) and the following calendar day (Day 2) are given prior to the commencement of the Demurrage free time. e.g. if vessel arrives 07.50 hrs Monday, then the first day of Demurrage free time is Wednesday.

If a vessel arrives at the port AT or AFTER 0800 hrs on Day 1, this day (Day 1) and the following 2 calendar days (Days 2 & 3) are given prior to the commencement of the Demurrage free time. e.g. if vessel arrives 08.10 hrs Monday, then the first day of Demurrage free time is Thursday.

For Belfast, Immingham and Grangemouth:

If a vessel discharges at the port PRIOR to 0800 hrs on Day 1, this day (Day 1) is given prior to the commencement of the Demurrage free time. e.g. if vessel is discharged 07.50 hrs Monday, then the first day of Demurrage free time is Tuesday.

If a vessel discharges at the port AT or AFTER 0800 hrs on Day 1, this day (Day 1) and the following calendar day (Day 2) are given prior to the commencement of Demurrage free time. e.g. if vessel is discharged 08.10 hrs Monday, then the first day of Demurrage free time is Wednesday.

Import Demurrage Free Time

5 calendar days free time are granted for dry cargo
4 calendar days free time are granted for reefer cargo

When does Import Demurrage End?

This depends on the haulage arrangements:-

Carrier Haulage: the day of delivery, NOT the day the container is out-gated from the terminal

Merchant Haulage: the day the container is out-gated from the terminal

Both these days are billable.

Import Demurrage Charges (per contr per day)

 

 Dry Vans

Reefers

Shipper's Own 

 20ft

40ft / 45ft

20ft

40ft

20ft

40ft / 45ft

 Base Ports

Southampton 

 £35.00

£65.00

£95.00

£115.00

£33.00

£51.00

London Gateway

 £35.00

£65.00

£95.00

£115.00

£33.00

£51.00

Liverpool

 £45.00

£65.00

£105.00

£115.00

£43.00

£51.00

 Outports

Immingham

 £35.00

£65.00

£95.00

£115.00

£33.00

£51.00

Grangemouth

 £35.00

£65.00

£95.00

£115.00

£33.00

£51.00

Greenock

 £35.00

£65.00

£95.00

£115.00

£33.00

£51.00

Belfast

 £35.00

£65.00

£95.00

£115.00

£33.00

£51.00


When Does Export Demurrage Free Time Start?

If the laden container is received at the first CY in its journey PRIOR to 0800 hrs on Day 1, the free time starts that day (Day 1)

If the laden container is received at the first CY in its journey AT or AFTER 0800 hrs on Day 1, the free time starts the following day (Day 2).

Export Demurrage Free Time

7 calendar days free time are granted for all UK Export cargo 

When Does Export Demurrage End?

The day of vessel arrival at the port of load (this day is billable)

Export Demurrage Charges (per contr per day)
 

 

 Dry Vans / Special Equipment

Reefers

Shipper's Own 

 20ft

40ft / 45ft

20ft

40ft

20ft

40ft / 45ft

All Ports Excluding Liverpool

 £35.00

£65.00

£95.00

£115.00

£33.00

£51.00

Liverpool

 £45.00

£65.00

£105.00

£115.00

£43.00

£51.00


Quay Rent

This charge is not applied separately by OOCL in the UK (it is included in our Demurrage rates)

Detention: What is it?

Detention charges are applied for the storage or holding of containers whilst in our customers’ care outside a port, rail terminal, feeder terminal, inland depot or container yard. Detention is applied after the designated free time has expired.

There are 3 types of Detention:-

Merchant Haulage: when customers do their own trucking & have to return the container back to OOCL’s care within the free period.

Carrier Haulage (Drop & Collect): container is left at the customer’s own premises whilst they load or devan it. OOCL's vehicle returns a different day to pull it out.

Carrier Haulage (Driver & Vehicle Waiting Time): OOCL's driver waits whilst the container is loaded or devanned; if this exceeds the Free Period we will invoice Detention.

Detention Free Time (Import)

Import Merchant Haulage: 3 working days free, including day of pick up and day of restitution. Container must be returned by 23.59 hrs on day 3. 

e.g. gate out Friday, free time starts Friday (Free Day 1), Saturday and Sunday are not counted as they are not working days, Monday and Tuesday are free days (Free Day 2 and Free Day 3), and container must be returned by 23.59 on Tuesday.

e.g. gate out Saturday, free time should start Saturday. But this is not a working day, and because free time is measured in working days, the first free day is Monday (Free Day 1).  Tuesday and Wednesday are free days (Free Day 2 and Free Day 3), and container must be returned by 23.59 on Wednesday.

To avoid incurring Detention, customers are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure that their appointed haulier returns equipment within the free time.

Carrier Haulage (Drop & Collect): day of drop and day of pull out

Carrier Haulage (Driver & Vehicle Waiting Time): 3 hours

Detention Free Time (Export)

Export Merchant Haulage: 3 working days free (for GP, High Cube and Reefer Equipment) 7 working days free (for special equipment - flatracks and open tops). This includes day of pick up if before 08.00 hrs, excludes day of pick up if 08.00 hrs or later, and includes day of restitution. Container must be returned by 23.59 hrs on day 3.

e.g. pick up Friday 07.30 hrs (Day 1), Saturday and Sunday are not counted as they are not working days, Monday and Tuesday are free days (Day 2 and Day 3), and container must be restituted by 23.59 on Tuesday.

Carrier Haulage (Drop & Collect): day of drop and day of pull out

Carrier Haulage (Driver & Vehicle Waiting Time): 3 hours

Detention Charges (Export / Import)

Merchant Haulage:

 Equip Size

Equip Type 

Amount £ Sterling 

 Tier Days / Remarks

 20 / 40 / 45  GP / Hi-Cube  £22 per contr per day  No Tier
 20 / 40  Reefer / Special Equip  £80 per contr per day  No Tier

Carrier Haulage (Drop & Collect) - GP/HQ only: £47 per day or part thereof per chassis & container combined, or £22 per day for container only

Carrier Haulage (Driver & Vehicle Waiting Time): £50 per hour or part thereof

Delays in Transit

For customer requested Delays in Transit, or delays caused by customers, please see our applicable tariff rule  

 

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