Forwarders hit by huge D&D bills as Pakistan floods prevent box returns

10 Oct, 2022

Shippers and forwarders operating in Pakistan, often to landlocked Afghanistan, that can’t move their boxes because of the floods, are facing detention & demurrage (D&D) bills of hundreds of thousands of dollars as shipping lines refuse to waive the fees.

One forwarder, Mohammed Tahir told The Loadstar: "We face massive losses due to the flood - our consignments did not reach our warehouse on time and the goods became out of season, then we faced heavy D&D charges."

Another forwarder shared email correspondence with The Loadstar that revealed South Korea’s HMM has refused a waiver on more than $40,000 of D&D charges, without offering a reason.

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