Carriers accused of “profiteering” from container chaos in flood-hit Pakistan

The major flooding across Pakistan over the past two weeks has seen up to 7,000 containers stranded on the road between Karachi and Chaman on the Afghan border, south-east of Kandahar, unable to reach ports.

However, it was claimed that shipping lines had not waived their detention & demurrage (D&D) charges as a result, reports The Loadstar.

Many trucks were carrying empties being returned to the carriers, but as the free rental time on the boxes ended, the D&D charges kicked in.

Up to $14m in D&D charges were claimed to have been levied by major lines, as well as other smaller carriers, since the floods hit in the middle of August.