Hello, everyone. Today, we’re going to discuss what detention is and how you, as an independent truck dispatcher, might be dealing with it.
Detention is a massive issue for the trucking industry. But before we dive deeper, let’s define what detention is. Detention is compensation to a motor carrier, paid for detaining or delaying their trucks at shippers or receivers beyond a reasonable time. In simpler terms, if your client’s truck has been sitting at the shipper or receiver longer than what’s considered reasonable, then your client is eligible for some sort of compensation, technically.
So, first off, what is this “reasonable time”? Well, the industry standard is 2 hours for loading and 2 hours for unloading. If it takes longer than 2 hours to load a truck, you could technically request detention. Similarly, if it takes longer than two hours to unload your client’s truck, you could technically request detention. So you might wonder, why do I keep using the word “technically”?
Well, while your client should receive detention if their truck is detained, it doesn’t always happen. First of all, detention is governed by the broker-carrier agreement, an agreement signed between a freight broker and a motor carrier. If you read through this agreement, you might find terms outlining when and how much your client will be compensated.