U.S.: Surface Transportation Board issues decisions on demurrage and accessorial charges

By Joanna Marsh, Freight Waves; May 1, 2020

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has made three decisions defining how the freight railroads can apply demurrage and accessorial charges.

The U.S. operations of all the Class I railroads except BNSF had adjusted how they apply the charges because they were deploying some form of precision scheduled railroading, an operating model that seeks to streamline operations and cust costs. The railroads said the adjustments would encourage shippers to turn around rail assets more efficiently. 

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