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Court Bars Indigo Logistics, LLC, Liliya Ivanenko, and Leonid Ivanenko from Illegal Ocean Freight Forwarding Activities

April 22, 2011

NR 11-08

Contact: Rebecca A. Fenneman, General Counsel (202-523-5740)

Media Contact: Karen V. Gregory, Secretary (202-523-5725)

A federal court has barred Indigo Logistics, LLC, located in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, from violating the Shipping Act by acting as an ocean freight forwarder without a Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)-issued license or proof of financial responsibility. Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. issued the preliminary injunction order in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on April 15, 2011.

The court’s order applies to the Indigo Logistics Defendants, which include Indigo Logistics, LLC; its president Liliya Ivanenko; Leonid Ivanenko, who is responsible for Indigo’s day-to-day operations; as well as their agents, servants, employees, and attorneys, and those in active concert or participation with them. The order enjoins the Indigo Logistics Defendants from acting and operating as an ocean transportation intermediary without a valid license and bond, proof of insurance, or other surety. Violation of the injunction could lead to Defendants being held in civil contempt by the court.

On April 7, 2011, the FMC initiated an investigation based on evidence that the Indigo Logistics Defendants had provided services as an ocean freight forwarder since at least 2008 without the requisite license or bond. On April 8, 2011, the FMC requested that the court enjoin the Indigo Logistics Defendants from further illegal activities. The maximum penalty for a violation of the Shipping Act or Commission regulation is $40,000 per violation.

Members of the public shipping vehicles or other goods overseas should avoid using Indigo Logistics, LLC, Liliya Ivanenko, or Leonid Ivanenko for ocean freight forwarding services. To locate an ocean freight forwarder who can assist in arranging your international ocean shipments, use the FMC’s list of licensed, bonded freight forwarders. You can also use a Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) to provide international ocean transportation for your goods.

In response to the court’s ruling, FMC Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. stated: "The public has a right to expect that any company arranging international ocean shipments is properly licensed and bonded as required by U.S. law. The FMC is committed to ensuring that such companies comply with the law. We are pleased that the court acted so promptly to prevent violations of the Shipping Act."

References: U. S. District Court, N.D. Georgia Case No. 1:11-cv-01134-TCB.
Federal Maritime Commission, Docket No. 11-06.

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is the independent federal agency responsible for regulating the nation’s international ocean transportation for the benefit of exporters, importers, and the American consumer. The FMC’s mission is to foster a fair, efficient, and reliable international ocean transportation system while protecting the public from unfair and deceptive practices.