Container Detention Claims “Unrealistic”
Container detention time restrictions are more likely to be exceeded as a result of the current delays and inefficiencies in Sydney. Despite this, there is no incentive for shipping lines to extend container detention “free time” to importers.
In the current circumstances in Sydney, made worse also by the fumigation delays caused by the widespread measures to address the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) biosecurity threat, it is not unrealistic for import containers to be taking more than 15 to 20 days from the date of discharge to be able to be returned empty.
Container detention claims prior to that are equally unrealistic.