Samsung files complaint against ZIM to FMC

Seoul, Republic of Korea - March 26, 2013: The Samsung logo on the window of one of the South Korean company's offices in Gangnam, Seoul, with people on the street in the distance.

Samsung Electronics America (SEA) has filed a complaint against Israeli carrier ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

Samsung’s New Jersey branch is filing against ZIM for period since the beginning of 2020 through the first quarter of 2022.

The South Korean tech giant has accused ZIM of “repeatedly and chronically” failing to properly perform its inland transportation obligations including the failure to remove SEA Containers from terminals and deliver the containers to their designated inland locations.

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During the same period, ZIM began charging SEA “dramatically increasing amounts” for alleged demurrage and detention charges resulting from ZIM’s inland “failures,” citing chassis and trucker shortages as factors behind the inland hiccups.

As a result of ZIM’s conduct, SEA has sustained serious and substantial injuries and monetary damages, including paying erroneous detention and demurrage charges, SEA wrote in the 25 October allegation.

“ZIM’s unreasonable and unlawful conduct is continuing, and SEA continues to sustain injury and damages,” SEA added.

Further allegations include invoices lacking adequate information to determine the basis for the individual demurrage and detention charges; and failure to have or engage in an adequate or meaningful dispute resolution process for demurrage and detention charges.

In September MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) responded to accusations in the case against US furniture manufacturer MCS Industries (MCS), declaring that legal bases for a default judgment do not stand.

Last year, MCS filed formal complaints against MSC and COSCO Shipping Lines (COSCO) to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

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