What is the last free day?
Last free day (LFD) is the last day before the port terminal or rail ramp will start charging fees for storage called demurrage. LFD may also be used as the last day that the container can be out of the port terminal before ‘usage’ fees or per diem charges start to incur.
How many “free days” do I get?
The number of free days varies, depending on the carrier and mode of transportation. They depend on the form of shipping :
Full container load (FCL) - Ocean ports generally allow 3-5 days of storage time, but it also varies across terminals.
Less than container load (LCL) - The Container Freight Station provides approximately a week of free storage time after they have unloaded and deconsolidated the container.
Air - Airline terminals normally provide 2-3 days of free storage time.
Rail - The rail ports normally provide about 2 days of free storage time, which sometimes includes the weekends.