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[dih-mur-ij] /dɪˈmɜr ɪdʒ/
noun, Commerce
the detention in port of a vessel by the shipowner, as in loading or unloading, beyond the time allowed or agreed upon.
the similar undue detention of a railroad car, truck, etc.
a charge for such undue detention.
Origin of demurrage
1635-45; demur + -age Unabridged
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Examples from the web for demurrage
  • demurrage cases are rare because carriers and shippers are typically able to work out these matters.
  • But demurrage is a charge imposed for the undue detention of rail cars.
  • Offers shall also specify the demurrage and despatch rates at discharge.
  • It is also a penalty charge in some ocean shipping contracts of carriage that take effect after the demurrage time ends.
  • Government will pay the contractor the hourly demurrage rate from the time the equipment departs until it returns.
British Dictionary definitions for demurrage


the delaying of a ship, railway wagon, etc, caused by the charterer's failure to load, unload, etc, before the time of scheduled departure
the extra charge required as compensation for such delay
a fee charged by the Bank of England for changing bullion into notes
Word Origin
C17: from Old French demorage, demourage; see demur
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Word Origin and History for demurrage

1640s, from Old French demorage, from demorer (see demur).

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