In the US, efforts to address detention and demurrage fees are moving forward at both the state and federal level. A state assembly bill has been proposed to strengthen rules prohibiting certain fees from being imposed by intermodal marine equipment providers. The bill, AB 2406, is being supported by groups including the Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA), California Citrus Mutual, and the Specialty Crop Trade Council.
AB 2406 further defines the circumstances where fees can be imposed. Since the onset of COVID-19, complications within the supply chain created by a multitude of factors have been costly for ag exporters.