Shipping Line Detention Policies Christmas/New Year 2021

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) have reached out to major shipping lines to ascertain their approach to any relief / waivers of detention over the Christmas / New Year period:

BAL Container Line

Will be providing 3 extra free days as aligned with the terminal and depot operations over 25 DEC – Christmas day, 26 DEC – Boxing Day and 1 JAN – New Year’s Day.


Have received and reviewed the R&D operations for this period and at this time the ANL & CMA CGM Group will not be extending additional free days across the Christmas & New Year Break in Australia.
They will review any individual requests on a case-by-case basis.

COSCO Shipping

Charges are per calendar day, including weekends and public holidays.
More info of detention tariff can be found at:

For special agreements, you need negotiate with COSCO’s marketing team.

Hamburg Sud

Still awaiting clarification of any relief measures.


Free time commences from the date of discharge from the vessel.
Dry Containers and Special Equipment 8 days
Reefer Containers 5 days
Free time includes Saturdays and Sundays but excludes National Public Holidays.

Should you foresee challenges in terms of returning the inventory within the commercially agreed Free time periods during the Festive Season then Hapag-Lloyd encourage you to explore the Additional Free time Procurement product wherein additional free time, prior to shipment arrival, can be procured at as very nominal cost vs the prevailing Tariff costs.

Attached is a link to the additional free time procurement tool:-

HMM – Hyundai Merchant Marine

No reply at time of publishing.

Maersk Line

For Australia the following days are offered as free time period in addition to tariff: Christmas (25th Dec) and Boxing day (26th Dec) and New year’s day (1st Jan 22).

The tariff can be viewed at the below link:

MSC – Mediterranean Shipping Company

At the time of publication advice from MSC is that their standard detention conditions will apply throughout the holiday period.
There will be NO waiver of detention for the listed public holidays.
Customers should reach out to their shipping line representatives should they require any extra relief with returning empties.

ONE – Ocean Network Express

Public holidays will be excluded during this time. Whilst our normal detention tariff will apply, we will consider further exclusions or extensions directly with our customers and as such these will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

ONE’s Demurrage/Detention information is shown on the website:

OOCL – Orient Overseas Container Line

Review the OOCL web site and liaise with their OOCL contacts as necessary:
OOCL – Demurrage & Detention Free Time and Charges

PAE & PIL – Pacific Asia Express & Pacific International Lines

Operating hours remain the same with all branch’s open apart from the closing
times below for:
• Christmas Eve (Thursday 24th December 2021) – 12:30 pm
• New Year’s Eve (Thursday 31st December 2021) – 3:00 pm

Detention policy is under review for the holiday period and will be advised asap.

Any requests for reductions or waivers are handled on a case-by-case basis:

T.S Lines

No clarification at the time of publishing.


For ZIM Australia detention exclusion days over the holidays will be 25-26th December 2021 and 1st January 2022.

Wednesday 15th December