Free Time & Demurrage

FREE TIME & DEMURRAGE AFTER DISCHARGE (RULE 115):

Free Time & Demurrage at U. S. ports other than New York, Baltimore and Norfolk:

FREE TIME:DEMURRAGE CHARGES:
*Dry containers/Special Equipment, Flat Racks, Open Tops (including Shipper owned and tanks not requiring temperature control)5 working days$135/day first 5 days
$175/day thereafter
Temperature controlled containers, Shipper owned tank containers – requiring temperature control2 working days$255/day first 5 days
$300/day thereafter

Free Time and Demurrage at Norfolk:

FREE TIME:DEMURRAGE CHARGES:
*Dry containers/Special Equipment, Flat Racks, Open Tops (including Shipper owned and tanks not requiring temperature control)5 working days$135/day first 5 days
$175/days 6-10
$195/days 11-19
$245/day thereafter
Temperature controlled containers, Shipper owned tank containers – requiring temperature control2 working days$255/day first 5 days
$300/day 6 & thereafter

Free Time & Demurrage for Cargo Discharged or Custom Cleared at New York/New Jersey Ports – Excluding Maher Terminal:

FREE TIME:DEMURRAGE CHARGES:
Dry Equipment (including Shipper owned)4 working days$285/day first 4 days
$345/day day 5 thru 9
$520/day 10 thru 29
$710/day thereafter
Tank (not temperature controlled)4 working days$380/day first 3 days
$545/day thereafter
*Temperature controlled containers,
Shipper owned tank containers – requiring temperature control
2 working days$660/day first 3 days
$850/day day 4 thru 7
$1110/day thereafter
Special Equipment, Flat Rack, Open tops
(including Shipper owned)
2 working days$490/day first 3 days
$675/day thereafter

Free Time and Demurrage for Cargo Discharged or Custom Cleared at New York/New Jersey Ports – Maher Terminal Only:

FREE TIME:DEMURRAGE CHARGES:
Dry Equipment (including Shipper owned)4 working days$265/day first 4 days
$320/day day 5 thru 9
$495/day thereafter

Free time and Demurrage for Cargo discharged or Custom Cleared at New York/NJ Ports – Maher Terminal ONLY

Tanks (not temperature controlled)2 working days$320/day first 3 days
$540/day thereafter
Temperature controlled containers
Shipper owned tank containers – requiring temperature control
2 working days$625/day first 3 days
$890/day thereafter
Special Equipment, Flat Rack, Open tops (including Shipper owned)2 working days$430/day first 3 days
$630/day thereafter

Free Time & Demurrage for Cargo Discharged or Custom Cleared at Baltimore Ports:

FREE TIME:DEMURRAGE CHARGES:
Dry containers (including Shipper owned)4 working daysDay 1-4 $165 per day
Day 5 and thereafter $280 per day
Special Equipment, Flat Rack, Open tops, Flatbeds (including Shipper owned)2 working days$300/day first 2 days
$350/day thereafter
Tanks (not temperature controlled)2 working days$300/day first 2 days
$350/day thereafter
Temperature controlled containers
Shipper owned tank containers – requiring temperature control
2 working days$390/day first 2 days
$490/day days 3 thru 6
$540/day thereafter

FREE TIME & DEMURRAGE AFTER DISCHARGE (RULE 112):

United Kingdom:

Equipment TypeFree days –
Business days
Day 1-5
20 ft
Day 1-5
40 ft
Day 6+
20 ft
Day 6+
40 ft
Currency
DC and tanks325402540GBP
Special equipment350755075GBP
Temp Controlled2100100150150GBP

Belfast Ireland (including Quay rent)

Equipment Type7 Calendar Days Free
including day of interchange
Day 8-14
20 ft
Day 8-14
40 ft
Day 15-21
20 ft
Day 15-21
40 ft
Thereafter 20 ftThereafter 40 ftCurrency
ALL65100100160120180GBP

Ireland excluding Dublin:

Equipment TypeFree days20 ft40 ftCurrency
DC and tanks33050EURO
Temp Controlled2100100EURO
Special equipment360100EURO

Ireland – Dublin Non-Hazardous Cargo Only:

Equipment TypeFree days*
Calendar Days
20 ft40 ftCurrency
DC and tanks33050EURO
Temp Controlled2100100EURO
Special equipment360100EURO

Hazardous Cargo:

Equipment TypeFree days*
Calendar Days
20 ft40 ftCurrency
DC and tanks23050EURO
Temp Controlled2100150EURO
Special equipment260100EURO
*Free Days begin on Day of discharge

Belgium:

Equipment TypeFree days –
Business days
Day 1-7
20 ft
Day 1-7
40 ft
Day 8+
20 ft
Day 8+
40 ft
Currency
DC and tanks*335456075EURO
Temp Controlled*2100130140170EURO
Special equipment*37010090115EURO
*Add fee for Hazardous cargo25252525EURO

Germany (storage fees included):

Equipment TypeFree days –
Calendar days
Day 1-7
20 ft
Day 1-7
40 ft
Day 8+
20 ft
Day 8+
40 ft
Currency
DC and tanks370115130180EURO
DC and tanks- Hazardous Cargo195140155205EURO
Temp Controlled2100110140150EURO
Special equipment *excludes Class 1390140155205EURO

France:

Equipment TypeFree days
Business days
Day 1-10
20 ft
Day 1-10
40 ft
Day 11+
20 ft
Day 11+
40 ft
Currency
DC and tanks335456075EURO
Temp Controlled2100110140150EURO
Special equipment37010090115EURO

Switzerland:

Equipment TypeFree days –
Business days
Day 1-10
20 ft
Day 1-10
40 ft
Day 11+
20 ft
Day 11+
40 ft
Currency
DC and tanks335456075EURO
Temp Controlled2100110140150EURO
Special equipment37010090115EURO

Netherlands

Equipment TypeFree days –
Business days
Day 1-7
20 ft
Day 1-7
40 ft
Day 8+
20 ft
Day 8+
40 ft
Currency
DC and tanks*33545110175EURO
Temp Controlled*2100130190270EURO
Special equipment*370100140215EURO
*Add fee for Hazardous cargo25252525EURO

Sweden*:

*Demurrage will commence on the 1st calendar day after expiration of Free Time.
Equipment TypeFree days –
Business days
Day 1-3
20 ft
Day 1-3
40 ft
Day 4+
20 ft
Day 4+
40 ft
Currency
DC and tanks3250400450600SEK
Temp Controlled280010008001000SEK
Special equipment3350500550700SEK

Finland:

Equipment TypeWork Days Free20 ft40 ftCurrency
DC and tanks33050EURO
Temp Controlled2100100EURO
Special equipment360100EURO

Norway:

Equipment TypeFree days –
Business days
Day 1-3
20 ft
Day 1-3
40 ft
Day 4+
20 ft
Day 4+
40 ft
Currency
DC and tanks3235370420560NOK
Temp Controlled2800930899930NOK
Special equipment3325465510650NOK

Portugal:

Equipment TypeFree days –
Business days
Day 1-26
20 ft
Day 1-26
40 ft
Day 27+
20 ft
Day 27+
40 ft
Currency
DC and tanks1020403060EURO
Temp Controlled57070115115EURO
Special equipment (open tops, flat racks)1030604080EURO

Denmark:

Equipment TypeFree days –
Business days
20 ft40 ftCurrency
DC and tanks3175250DKK
Temp Controlled2500500DKK
Special equipment3350500DKK

Poland:

Equipment TypeFree days –
Business days
20 ft40 ftCurrency
DC and tanks103050USD
Reefer5100100USD
Special equipment360100USD

Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia:

Equipment TypeFree days –
Calendar days
20 ft40 ftCurrency
Dry Vans33244EURO
Reefer13244EURO

HALIFAX PORT DEMURRAGE

Equipment/Size/TypeFree Time – Business DaysRate Per Day/Cargo UnitCurrency
20′ 40′ DC/HC/OT/S.O./Tank (NOT temp controlled)3$100.00USD
Reefer/Tank (temp controlled)2$225.00USD

FREE TIME & DEMURRAGE PRIOR TO LOADING (RULE 132):

EASTBOUND CARGO Carrier will accept containers at the port of load on day of cut off and 4 working days prior. Temperature Controlled containers will be accepted day of cut off and day prior except: Baltimore will be accepted day of cut off and 2 working days prior. Halifax will be accepted day of cut off and 4 working days prior.

WESTBOUND CARGO Carrier will accept containers at the port of load up to 5 working days prior to scheduled ETA, except for Peel Port Liverpool which allows up to 11 calendar days.. Temperature Controlled cargo will have 2 working days, except Liverpool and Antwerp which will have 3 working days.

If shipper delivers cargo into the terminal, it must sail on the next available vessel. If it does not load, demurrage charges as per below, will apply.

The shipment will be subject to a daily demurrage charge if at any time prior to loading aboard Carrier’s vessel:

  • Shipper instructs Carrier not to load the shipment in next available vessel
  • Incomplete, missing, or poor documentation is received from the shipper or his agent, or any other error attributable to the cargo interests prevents the cargo from loading on the first available vessel
  • Customs or other Governmental Agency holds or delays cargo from leaving the terminal on next available vessel

Alternatively, upon request of Shipper’s instructions, Carrier reserves the right to unload the cargo from the container and transfer it to public storage. All storage and transfer costs incidental to the removal of cargo from Carrier’s containers shall be at the risk and expense of the cargo.

Demurrage Charges:

Demurrage charges will commence at 00:01 hours on the first day after expiration of free time, and thereafter will continue until the day the container is loaded aboard a vessel or the day the container is emptied of its contents or is returned to the custody of the Shipper. In the event the loading vessel is delayed, demurrage will terminate on the day the vessel was originally scheduled for loading.

NEW YORK – Maher Terminal Only After expiration of free time – Calendar Day or fraction

Equipment TypeDay 1-3Day 4Day 5-9Day 10+Currency
Dry Van, Hi Cube, Non-Operating Reefers239239417417USD
Tanks (no temp control)265460460460USD
Reefer/Temp Controlled (incl. Eletric546740740740USD
Flat Rack, Platform, Open, Non-temp controlled351552552552USD

NEW YORK – All Other Terminals – After expiration of free time – Calendar Day or fraction

Equipment TypeDay 1-4Day 5-9Day 10+Currency
Dry Van, Hi Cube, Non-Operating Reefers204262438USD
Equipment TypeDay 1-3Day 4+Currency
Tanks (no temp control)300770USD
Reefer/Temp Controlled (incl. Eletric577770USD
Flat Rack, Platform, Open, Non-temp controlled405591USD

ALL US Port except New York – After expiration of free time – Calendar Day or fraction

Equipment TypeDay 1-9Day 10+Currency
Dry Van, Hi Cube, Non-Operating Reefers100150USD
Tanks (no temp control)100150USD
Reefer/Temp Controlled (incl. Electric225275USD
Flat Rack, Platform, Open, Non-temp controlled100520USD

BELGIUM – After expiration of free time – Calendar Day or fraction

Equipment TypeALL DaysCurrency
Dry Van, Non-heated tanks 20′34EUR
Dry Van, Hi Cube, Non-Operating Reefers 40′48EUR
Reefer/Heated Tanks/Temp Controlled100EUR

DENMARK – After expiration of free time – Calendar Day or fraction

Equipment TypeALL DaysCurrency
Dry Van, Non-heated tanks 20′247DKK
Dry Van, Hi Cube, Non-Operating Reefers 40′353DKK
Reefer/Heated Tanks/Temp Controlled741DKK

FINLAND – After expiration of free time – Calendar Day or fraction

Equipment TypeALL DaysCurrency
Dry Van, Non-heated tanks 20′34EUR
Dry Van, Hi Cube, Non-Operating Reefers 40′48EUR
Reefer/Heated Tanks/Temp Controlled100EUR

FRANCE – After expiration of free time – Calendar Day or fraction

Equipment TypeALL DaysCurrency
Dry Van, Non-heated tanks 20′34EUR
Dry Van, Hi Cube, Non-Operating Reefers 40′48EUR
Reefer/Heated Tanks/Temp Controlled100EUR

GERMANY – After expiration of free time – Calendar Day or fraction

*Terminal storage costs addition
Equipment TypeDays 1-10Days 11+Currency
Dry Van, Non-heated tanks 20′3468EUR
Dry Van, Hi Cube, Non-Operating Reefers 40′4896EUR
Reefer/Heated Tanks/Temp Controlled100100EUR

IRELAND – After expiration of free time – Calendar Day or fraction

Equipment TypeALL DaysCurrency
Dry Van, Non-heated tanks 20′34EUR
Dry Van, Hi Cube, Non-Operating Reefers 40′48EUR
Reefer/Heated Tanks/Temp Controlled100EUR

NETHERLANDS – After expiration of free time – Calendar Day or fraction

Equipment TypeALL DaysCurrency
Dry Van, Non-heated tanks 20′34EUR
Dry Van, Hi Cube, Non-Operating Reefers 40′48EUR
Reefer/Heated Tanks/Temp Controlled100EUR

NORWAY – After expiration of free time – Calendar Day or fraction

Equipment TypeALL DaysCurrency
Dry Van, Non-heated tanks 20′274NOK
Dry Van, Hi Cube, Non-Operating Reefers 40′392NOK
Reefer/Heated Tanks/Temp Controlled822NOK

POLAND, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, ESTONIA – After expiration of free time – Calendar Day or fraction

Equipment TypeALL DaysCurrency
Dry Van, Non-heated tanks 20′35USD
Dry Van, Hi Cube, Non-Operating Reefers 40′50USD
Reefer/Heated Tanks/Temp Controlled105USD

SWEDEN – After expiration of free time – Calendar Day or fraction

Equipment TypeALL DaysCurrency
Dry Van, Non-heated tanks 20′288SEK
Dry Van, Hi Cube, Non-Operating Reefers 40′412SEK
Reefer/Heated Tanks/Temp Controlled864SEK
Hazardous 3 DAYS FREE (all)40USD

UNITED KINGDOM (LIVERPOOL ONLY) – After expiration of free time – Calendar Day or fraction

*Terminal storage costs additional
Equipment TypeALL DaysCurrency
Dry Van, Non-heated tanks 20′22GBP
Dry Van, Hi Cube, Non-Operating Reefers 40′31GBP
Reefer/Heated Tanks/Temp Controlled all other UK ports.65GBP

EXPORT DEMURRAGE: CANADA After expiration of free time – Calendar Day or fraction

Equipment TypeDays 1-7Days 8+Currency
Dry Van, Non-heated tanks 20′5075USD
Dry Van, Hi Cube, Non-Operating Reefers 40′5075USD
Shipper owned5075USD
Reefer/Heated Tanks/Temp Controlled115175USD

FREE TIME & PER DIEM FOR USE OF ACL EQUIPMENT:

ACL’s amended free time and per diem levels for the use of ACL equipment in Canada and the United States are listed the new per diem rates and free time are by equipment type:

ImportFree Time*Charge Per Calendar Day
Standard/Dry/Open Top/Flat Rack4 business days$140.00
Refrigerated2 business days$375.00
Flatbed5 business days$140.00
ExportFree Time*Charge Per Calendar Day
Standard/Dry/Open Top/Flat Rack7 business days$140.00
Refrigerated2 business days$375.00
Flatbed5 business days$140.00

*Free time begins to accrue the day after the equipment is interchanged in or out of the depot, railyard or ocean terminal.

Due to severe congestion at the New York Terminals, ACL will waive Detention Charges for any shipper attempting to return empty equipment May 11, 12, 13 & May 17, 18, to one of our New York Terminals.

Free Time & Demurrage – North American Imports (U.S., Canada & U.S. Midwest ) into the United Kingdom:

ACL will be harmonizing Free Time and Demurrage conditions for all North American imports arriving at the ports of Liverpool. This restructuring most significantly impacts shipments from Halifax, free time windows and billing will be aligned with the more restrictive U.S. term under the new standards:

  • All dry van equipment and shipper owned tanks will be restricted to 3 free days (business) on the terminal. Thereafter 20′ units will be assessed a per diem rate of GBP 25.00 and 40′ units GBP 40.00.
  • Free time for all Reefer Containers will be now be restricted to 2 days (business) thereafter a flat demurrage charge of GBP 100.00 will be assessed.

For full details please see our Tariff ACLU-068

DETENTION – AT U.S. RAIL RAMPS (131):

In the event that Terminal and/or Rail charges and/or storage cost are incurred with respect to cargo being transported by the Carrier in the US or Europe, on a carrier haulage basis due to circumstances beyond the control of the Carrier, including but not limited to strikes, lockouts and/or a shortage of unavailability of motor carriers or trucks, any such any such demurrage charges and/or storage cost shall be for the account of the cargo. In addition to any charges that may be assessed by the US Rail Carriers the line will also assess a rail detention charge that will be assessed at $50.00 Per container per day. In addition to the rail detention the Carrier will also bill an Admin Fee of $75.00 per bill of lading for charges totaling less than $125.00. And $125.00 for charges totaling over $125.00. The free time will be as follows:

RampFree-Time:
Montreal24 Hours- Charges are assessed on every calendar day after expiration of Free time
Toronto24 Hours – Charges are assessed on every calendar day after expiration of Free time
Chicago (CN Rail)48 Hours – Charges are assessed on every calendar day after expiration of Free time
Detroit (CN Rail)48 Hours – Charges are assessed on every calendar day after expiration of Free time
Chicago & Detroit (NS Rail)Day of notification plus 1 business day (Saturday & Sunday are considered business day)
ALL Norfolk So. Ramps not mentioned aboveDay of notification plus 2 business days (Saturday is considered business day)
ALL CSX RampsDay of notification plus 2 business days (Any day on which the Terminal has gate hours, including Saturday & Sunday. Holidays are considered business days regardless of gate hours)

DEMURRAGE & DETENTION DISPUTES:

When registering a dispute, please include the shipment number, container number, and a detailed description of the dispute including the applicable service contract number if pertinent to the claim. For disputes involving a change of payor, written confirmation from the party who will pay is needed. Disputes must be submitted to ACL within 30 days of the invoice date and ACL will respond to the request within 30 days.

Demurrage Disputes can be raised by emailing ACL Customer Service:

Import Demurrage: [email protected]
Export Demurrage: [email protected]

Detention Disputes can be raised by emailing ACL Collections:

Detention: [email protected]