THE IMPORTANCE OF PROPER SHIPPING CONTAINER STORAGE
After your shipping containers arrive at the port, they will be off-loaded from the vessel. They will be stored onsite for a short period with the expectation that they will be picked up by a truck or rail as soon as possible to transport them to their final destination.
Port facilities can process and store large numbers of containers every day, but there is a limit on the amount of “free time” they can store shipping containers at the port. After the last free day (LFD), shippers will begin accruing “demurrage” fees until their containers leave the port storage facility. Demurrage is charged per day, per container, and can add up very quickly.
Sometimes cargo owners need long-term storage because of supply chain delays or other extenuating circumstances. In these cases, it’s wise to look for a more economical place to store shipping containers other than at the port.