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Prevent Demurrage and Detention Charges with Container Tracking

Amir Taichman
Founder & CEO

54% of supply chain professionals say that demurrage and detention charges are their biggest problems with container tracking. Detention happens when a customer keeps a shipping container beyond the free time allowed by the carrier. Demurrage is a fee charged by the carrier if you keep the container beyond that free period. These fees can add up quickly, and they're often difficult to avoid. But there are some steps you can take to prevent these charges.

54% of supply chain professionals say that demurrage and detention charges are their biggest problems with container tracking.

If you're one of the 54% of supply chain professionals that say demurrage and detention charges are your biggest problems with container tracking, then this blog post is for you. We'll explore what demurrage and detention are, how they can be prevented, and why container tracking is essential to preventing these costly fees.

Detention happens when a customer keeps a shipping container beyond the free time allowed by the carrier. This can often be avoided with proper tracking, which allows both the customer and carrier to see where the container is at all times. By keeping track of your containers, you can avoid costly demurrage and detention fees.

Demurrage is a fee charged by the carrier if you keep the container beyond that free period.

If you're shipping freight by container, it's important to be aware of demurrage and detention fees. Demurrage is a fee charged by the carrier if you keep the container beyond that free period. Detention is a fee charged by the carrier if you return the container late. Both of these fees can add up quickly, so it's important to track your containers and ensure they are returned on time.

These fees can add up quickly, and they're often difficult to avoid. But there are some steps you can take to prevent these charges:

If you're a shipper, demurrage and detention fees are probably something you've dealt with before. These fees can add up quickly, and they're often difficult to avoid. But there are some steps you can take to prevent these charges: 1. Use container tracking tools to stay on top of your shipments. Knowing exactly where your containers are at all times will help you avoid delays in getting them back to the port or terminal. 2. Work with a reputable shipping company that has experience dealing with demurrage and detention fees.

Unity SCM helps you track shipments, easily

Unity makes it easy to collect, organize and consume data from your entire supply chain - Freight forwarders, Carriers, 3PLs, Ports and your own systems.

Whether you book shipments directly, work with a freight forwarder or other 3rd parties, Unity automatically collects tracking data, with little to no effort from your IT teams. So you can get started immediately.

With out-of-the-box Visibility, Reporting, Analytics and Alerts your team can have full visibility in a matter of days.

Unity was designed to help your team get the data they need, whenever they need it, without depending on anyone else. This means everyone in your company, from Sales to Finance and Operations, can answer questions like "Will this container exceed its freed days?" by their own, without having to call or email the freight forwarder or carrier.


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