Port drivers protest at Miami terminal

South Florida drayage companies say their drivers are  protesting  at Port Miami container terminal , as the Journal of Commerce reports.

The boycott of Port of Miami Terminal Operating Co. (POMTOC) started late last week by independent owner-operators against slow turn times that have stuck truckers and beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) with costly penalties.

Drayage operators said that although several terminals at Miami and Port Everglades have had delays of varying severity and duration in recent months, drivers apparently targeted POMTOC because turn times had been longest there.

According to the drayage operators the turn times of three hours had been common, and in extreme cases have been as long as eight hours, which makes it impossible for drivers to complete more than one trip in a day.

The cause of the recent delays is unclear. POMTOC officials didn’t give any comments yet.

The Miami delays are generating demurrage charges for late pickup of cargo and detention charges for late return of equipment. The US Federal Maritime Commission plans to hold hearings on Jan. 16 to 17 on a shipper-led coalition’s complaint about the imposition of congestion-related fees resulting from high volume, weather, labor, or other issues beyond a BCO or trucker’s control.

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