Opinion Letter No. 92-09
July 17, 1992
Demurrage Fee Report Forms and Invoices
Demurrage fee report forms and invoices maintained
by the Department of Transportation, Harbors
Division, are government records that are public under the UIPA.
Demurrage fees are incurred and
paid by shipping companies that store their shipping containers
on the State’s commercial docks. The
demurrage fee report forms and invoices contain general information
such as the length of time the
shipping containers are left on the docks, the size of the containers,
the code for the vessel from which the containers were unloaded,
and the amount of demurrage fees incurred.
Because this information does not constitute "confidential
commercial or financial information" within the meaning of
the UIPA’s "frustration of a legitimate government function"
exception, and because no other UIPA exception applies to the demurrage
fee report forms and invoices, the OIP determined that upon request,
these records must be made available for public inspection and copying
under the UIPA.