Demurrage and Detention Billing Requirements

CourtFederal Maritime Commission
Citation87 FR 15179
Published date17 March 2022
Record Number2022-05572
Federal Register, Volume 87 Issue 52 (Thursday, March 17, 2022)
[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 52 (Thursday, March 17, 2022)]
                [Proposed Rules]
                [Pages 15179-15180]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2022-05572]
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                FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION
                46 CFR Chapter IV
                [Docket No. 22-04]
                RIN 3072-AC90
                Demurrage and Detention Billing Requirements
                AGENCY: Federal Maritime Commission.
                ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; Extension of comment
                period.
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                SUMMARY: The Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) is extending the
                deadline for the submission of public comments in response to its
                February 15, 2022, Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on demurrage
                and detention billing requirements. The Commission grants the request
                by a coalition of associations seeking a 30-day extension to the
                comment period.
                DATES: The comments due date for the advance notice of proposed
                rulemaking published February 15, 2022, at 87 FR 8506 is extended.
                Submit comments on or before April 16, 2022.
                ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. 22-04, by
                email at [email protected]. For comments, include in the subject line:
                ``Docket No. 22-04, Comments on Demurrage and Detention Billing
                Requirements ANPRM.'' Comments should be attached to the email as a
                Microsoft Word or text-searchable PDF document. Only non-confidential
                and public versions of confidential comments should be submitted by
                email.
                 Instructions: For detailed instructions on submitting comments,
                including requesting confidential treatment of comments, and additional
                information on the rulemaking process, see the Public Participation
                heading of the Supplementary Information section of this document. Note
                that all comments received will be posted without change to the
                Commission's website unless the commenter has requested confidential
                treatment.
                 Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or
                comments received, go to the Commission's Electronic Reading Room at:
                https://www2.fmc.gov/readingroom/proceeding/22-04.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Cody, Secretary; Phone: (202)
                523-5725; Email: [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
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                I. Public Participation
                How do I prepare and submit comments?
                 Your comments must be written in English. To ensure that your
                comments are correctly filed in the docket, please include the docket
                number of this document in your comments.
                 You may submit your comments via email to the email address listed
                above under ADDRESSES. Please include the docket number associated with
                this notice and the subject matter in the subject line of the email.
                Comments should be attached to the email as a Microsoft Word or text-
                searchable PDF document. Only non-confidential and public versions of
                confidential comments should be submitted by email.
                How do I submit confidential business information?
                 The Commission will provide confidential treatment for identified
                confidential information to the extent allowed by law. If your comments
                contain confidential information, you must submit the following by
                email to the address listed above under ADDRESSES:
                 A transmittal letter requesting confidential treatment
                that identifies the specific information in the comments for which
                protection is sought and demonstrates that the information is a trade
                secret or other confidential research, development, or commercial
                information.
                 A confidential copy of your comments, consisting of the
                complete filing with a cover page marked ``Confidential-Restricted,''
                and the confidential material clearly marked on each page. You should
                submit the confidential copy to the Commission by mail.
                 A public version of your comments with the confidential
                information excluded. The public version must state ``Public Version--
                confidential materials excluded'' on the cover page and on each
                affected page and must clearly indicate any information withheld. You
                may submit the public version to the Commission by email or mail.
                Will the Commission consider late comments?
                 The Commission will consider all comments received before the close
                of business on the comment closing date indicated above under DATES. To
                the extent possible, we will also consider comments received after that
                date.
                How can I read comments submitted by other people?
                 You may read the comments received by the Commission at the
                Commission's Electronic Reading Room or the Docket Activity Library at
                the addresses listed above under ADDRESSES.
                II. Discussion
                 On February 15, 2022, the Commission issued an Advance Notice of
                Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on demurrage and detention billing
                requirements. 87 FR 8506. The ANPRM seeks comments on whether the
                Commission should require common carriers and marine terminal operators
                to include certain minimum information on or with demurrage and
                detention billings. Also, the Commission is interested in receiving
                comments on whether it should require common carriers and marine
                terminal operators to adhere to certain practices regarding the timing
                of demurrage and detention billings.
                 On March 3, 2022, the Commission received a letter, attached,
                signed by 44 associations requesting that the Commission extend the
                comment period by an additional 30 days. The associations stated that
                they ``are in the process of surveying respective member companies to
                gather their experiences and document them in a manner that is most
                helpful to the FMC.'' The letter furthers says that the extension would
                facilitate the associations' efforts to collect information regarding
                the impact of demurrage and detention billing practices.
                 This notice grants the request for an extension of the 30-day
                comment period by an additional 30 days. The comment period now expires
                on April 16, 2022.
                 By the Commission.
                William Cody,
                Secretary.
                [FR Doc. 2022-05572 Filed 3-16-22; 8:45 am]
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