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Surface Transportation Board Announces Hearing on Railroad Demurrage and Accessorial Charges

03/20/2019 (Wednesday) [PDF Version]
No. 19-3

Contact:  Janie Sheng (202) 245-0238
FedRelay 1 (800) 877-8339

The Surface Transportation Board today announced that it will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, on railroad demurrage and accessorial charges. Railroads, shippers, third-party logistics providers, and other interested parties will be invited to speak at the hearing and report their experience with demurrage and accessorial charges, including matters such as reciprocity, commercial fairness, operational and capacity issues, and effects on network fluidity.

This hearing follows the letter requests the Board sent to each Class I railroad asking for information on quarterly revenue from demurrage and accessorial charges for 2018 and 2019. The letter requests and the railroad responses to date can be found on the Board’s website under E-LIBRARY / CORRESPONDENCE / NON-DOCKETED PUBLIC CORRESPONDENCE here.  [Since then, the Board has converted to a new website.  The correspondence can now be found under NEWS & EVENTS / NON-DOCKETED PUBLIC CORRESPONDENCE here.]

The hearing will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Further details including time, location, instructions on how to participate, and opportunities to file written comments will be announced in the near future. The hearing will be open for public observation.