In order to ensure the smooth circulation of the container and avoid the container being occupied and used stagnantly, the owner of the container, the ship owner, sets a time limit for the container user, the importer, within which the goods can be loaded free of charge. Over this period of time, if the goods are not taken out of the container and occupy the container, then a fixed fee will be paid to the owner every day, which is the so-called demurrage fee.
The free period of imported containers is mostly within 10 days after the ship arrives at the port of destination, and the demurrage charge is calculated from 10 days after the ship arrives at the port.
Here to introduce a fast return empty box method, so that you can return empty box as soon as possible, avoid or reduce the cost of stagnant box.
The details are as follows: while the goods are going through the import customs clearance procedures, the importer can find out from the shipowner which yard the container is going to return to, and then contact the yard. The fleet under the yard will directly lift the released goods to the yard, unload them in the yard, and then transport the goods to the destination by rail or car according to the needs. In this way, at the same time of taking out the goods, the container will be emptied, which can save at least two days compared with using other teams to pick up the container to the warehouse, then empty the container to the designated yard.
When the number of imported containers is large, this method can not only prepare more time for customs clearance, but also reduce the demurrage charge. For example, when a company imports 48 20 foot containers, it learns about the owner's empty container yard and signs an agreement with the yard. Its subordinate fleet will directly pick up the containers from the port city to the yard, and then pick up the goods from the factory to the yard.
When the goods were cleared, the customs delayed the clearance time due to the price review problem, so that the Customs released the goods 10 days after the ship arrived at the port. After getting the customs release note, the fleet of the yard immediately lifted the container to the yard for unloading.