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Demurrage Rules – Free Time & Charges

Free time for loading/unloading of wagons and demurrage charges

Demurrage: Demurrage chargers are levied for detention of wagon/vehicle beyond the free time allowed for loading/unloading of goods. The charges are calculated on the number of wagons per hour or part thereof in excess of free time.

The free time for loading and unloading of wagons is as detailed below:

Free time for loading and unloading of wagons at Goods Sheds & Sidings:

Type of Wagons Permissible Free Time (in hours & minutes)
MECHANIZED MANUAL
Loading Unloading Loading Unloading
OPEN wagons
like BOXN, BOX,  BOST, BOXNHA, BOXNHS etc.
5:00 7:00 9:00 9:00
HOPPER wagons
like BOBS, NBOBS, BOBR, NBOBR, BOBY, NBOBY
5:00 2:30 N.A. N.A.
FLAT wagons
like BFR, BRH, BRN, BFK, BFKI, BFNS, CONCORD rakes etc.
6:00 N.A. 8:00 8:00
COVERED wagons
like BCN, BCNA, BCNHS, BCNAHS, BCX, BCXN etc.
N.A. N.A. 5:00 (1 to 20 wagons) 5:00 (1 to 20 wagons)
7:00 (21 to 30 wagons) 7:00 (21 to 30 wagons)
9:00 (31 wagons& above) 9:00 (31 wagons& above)
TANK wagons (white oil) 6:00 6:00 (upto 29 wagons) N.A. N.A.
8:00 (30wagons & above)
TANK wagons(black oil) 7:00 7:00 (upto 29 wagons) N.A N.A
9:00 (30wagons & above)
Military wagons-KM. N.A N.A 4:00 4:00
Military wagons other than
KM wagons like DBKM etc.
N.A N.A 5:00(upto
20 wagons)
5:00(upto
20 wagons)
N.A N.A 7:00(21
wagons &
above)
7:00 (21
wagons &
above)
Type of commodity
Container # 3:00 3:00 N.A N.A
Consignments handled
by Crane
7:00 8:00 N.A N.A
Livestock N.A N.A 4:00 4:00

Note: Loading by pay loaders is a type of mechanized loading.
N.A. : stands for ‘not applicable’.

# Permissible free time in case of double operation of container traffic i.e. unloading followed by loading in the same wagons, shall be 5 hours. However, in the case of container commodity handled by sling cranes, the free time for loading/unloading will be 6 hours for single operation and 8 hours for double operation. The entire group of wagons placed for loading/unloading shall be treated as one unit for the purpose of levy of demurrage charges i.e. even if one wagon out of the group is detained for loading/unloading beyond the prescribed free time, demurrage will be leviable on all the wagons in the group

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Rates of demurrage Charge:

Demurrage charge shall be levied @Rs.150/- per 8-wheeled wagon per hour, or part of an hour, for detention of wagon in excess of the permissible free time for loading or unloading.

Note: The rates and free time are subject to change from time to time, Please contact the station for further details.

Updated on 07/03/2014

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