Steven Hughes

HCS International

President and CEO

Steven Hughes is the president and CEO of HCS International and has over 47 years of supply chain experience in the automotive aftermarket industry. He is a consultant for both the automotive aftermarket, through its trade associations, and to individual companies under the aegis of HCS International. Hughes is currently chairman of the Import Vehicle Community and sits on the Government Affairs Committee for the Auto Care Association. He is chairman of the Public Affairs Committee for the California Automotive Wholesalers' Association and is the lead voice for the automotive aftermarket industry regarding ocean transportation issues. Hughes served on the Automotive Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC 2), advising on trade policy for the Department of Commerce and US Trade Representative from 2015-2017. He has led three industry coalitions at the International Trade Commission to overturn unfair Antidumping Duty orders that were harming the industry and costing consumers. He is also a past participant of the FMC Supply Chain Innovations Team and Demurrage/Detention Innovations Team. Hughes was recently appointed to the FMC’s National Shipper Advisory Committee, representing the Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association and the Auto Care Association.  

Sessions With Steven Hughes

Tuesday, 1 March

  • 03:15pm - 04:00pm (EST) / 01/mar/2022 11:15 pm - 02/mar/2022 12:00 am

    Detention & Demurrage (Yet Again). Will Things Finally Change?

    We’ve been discussing detention and demurrage for as long as there has been a TPM, and the first one was in 2001. This year is no different. But while shippers’ complaints resulted in little to no change in the past, the situation is very different today. The old adage applies: If the private sector can’t solve its own problems, the government will step in, and that is what is happening. The FMC in July began to audit ocean carriers’ D&D policies and in October pushed carriers to improve transparency regarding the clarity and certainty around how and when fees will be assessed, as well as how disputed charges can be challenged. Meanwhile, D&D is a core element of the proposed bipartisan Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021, introduced in August by Reps. John Garamendi, D-California, and Dusty Johnson, R-South Dakota. What would be the first rewrite of US shipping law since 1998 would require ocean carriers or marine terminals to certify that D&D comply with federal regulations and shift the burden of proof regarding the reasonableness of D&D fees from the invoiced party to the ocean carrier or marine terminal operator. This session will dive into these changes, assessing the potential for real change in practices that the FMC has been investigating for the past seven years.