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Dec 20, 2010
People’s Republic of China Ministry of Transport Delegation Visits FMC
A delegation from the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Transport (MoT) visited the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to exchange views and information on maritime regulation and potential areas of collaboration to facilitate transportation and trade.
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Dec 09, 2010
Household Goods and Personal Property Shipping Practices Considered by FMC
At its meeting on December 8, 2010, the Commission considered and approved for immediate action a number of recommendations contained in the Interim Report for Fact Finding Investigation No. 27. The Commission initiated this non-adjudicatory investigation on June 23, 2010, to develop a record on the nature, scope and frequency of potentially unfair, unlawful or deceptive practices in the shipping of household goods or personal property within the Commission's jurisdiction.
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Dec 09, 2010
Hainan P O Shipping Co., Ltd,. Granted Exemption from Section 9(c) of the Shipping Act of 1984
By petition filed July 23, 2010, Hainan P O Shipping Co., Ltd. (“Hainan” or “Petitioner”) requested that the Federal Maritime Commission (“FMC” or “Commission”) exempt it from the first sentence of section 9(c) of the Shipping Act of 1984 (“Shipping Act” or “Act”), currently codified at 46 U.S.C. § 40703. Section 40703 provides that “[n]otwithstanding section 40501(e) of this title and except for service contracts, a rate, charge, classification, rule, or regulation of a controlled carrier may not be effective, without special permission of the Federal Maritime Commission, until the 30th day after publication.” 46 U.S.C. § 40703.
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Dec 08, 2010
Vessel Capacity and Equipment Availability Report Recommends Collaborative Approaches to Develop Supply Chain Reliability Solutions
Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye’s final report and recommendations for action in the Commission’s Fact Finding Investigation No. 26, Vessel Capacity and Equipment Availability in the United States Export and Import Trades, were accepted at the December 8, 2010 Commission meeting. The final report concluded that although capacity conditions in the U.S. trades have stabilized, certain underlying problems revealed during the Commission’s investigation should be addressed. The Report also concluded that​
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Dec 07, 2010
Update to Commission Meeting Schedule for 2011
The Federal Maritime Commission's meetings scheduled for the beginning of 2011 are as follows...
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Dec 01, 2010
Commission Meeting Scheduled for December 8, 2010
A portion of the meeting will be in Open Session and the remainder of the meeting will be in Closed Session.
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Dec 01, 2010
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Rockefeller Issues Statement on Federal Maritime Commission Nominees
The nominations of FMC Commissioner Mrs. Rebecca Dye and Mr. Mario Cordero were considered by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Tuesday, November 30, 2010.
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Dec 01, 2010
Statement of Mario Cordero Before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
I am honored to have the opportunity to appear before you this morning as President Obama’s nominee to serve as Commissioner on the Federal Maritime Commission, and I thank Chairman Lidinsky for his support. If confirmed by the Senate, I look forward to supporting the mission of the Federal Maritime Commission to promote a fair, efficient, and reliable international ocean transportation system, and to protect the public from unfair and deceptive practices. I further support the intent of the Shi​
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Nov 01, 2010
Notice of Inquiry – An Analysis of the European Union Repeal of the Liner Conference Block Exemption
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is issuing this inquiry to solicit information and comments concerning the effects on international liner shipping of the European Union's (E.U.) repeal of the liner block exemption from competition laws that took effect on October IS, 2008. This information will assist the Commission in its identification, analysis and evaluation of any consequences of the E.U.'s policy decision on U.S. trades, and will be incorporated into the Commission...
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Oct 22, 2010
Chairman Lidinsky Addresses European Maritime Law Organization In Dublin, Ireland
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. today addressed the 16th Annual Conference of the European Maritime Law Organization (EMLO) in Dublin, Ireland. The theme of this year’s conference was European competition law, transport policy, and climate action.
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Oct 20, 2010
Commission Meeting Scheduled for October 27, 2010
A portion of the meeting will be in Open Session and the remainder of the meeting will be in Closed Session.​
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Oct 02, 2010
FMC Extends Vacancy Announcement Closing Date for IT Project Manager, GS 2210-13
The incumbent of this position functions as an Information Technology (IT) Project Manager, Contracting Officer, and Senior Technical Advisor and as such plans, manages, and coordinates the systems designed by contractors, or performed by the Office of Information Technology of FMC.
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Sep 29, 2010
Upgrade of Commission’s Website Operating Platform
On Thursday, September 30th, you may notice some changes to the Commission’s website. That’s because the Commission is transitioning to an upgraded website operating platform, the first of two major phases in the Commission’s website upgrade and redesign process. These upgrades will provide more transparency and public access and input for the Commission’s activities, information, and services.
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Sep 28, 2010
Update to Commission Meeting Schedule for 2010
The Federal Maritime Commission's meetings scheduled for the rest of 2010 are as follows...
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Sep 22, 2010
Updated: Cruise West Cancellations and Refund Options
West Travel, Inc., doing business as the cruise line Cruise West, has notified the Federal Maritime Commission that it is cancelling all cruises that were scheduled to begin this Saturday, September 18, and on all dates that follow, with the exception of the September 22 Danube Cruise. It will complete cruises of the Spirit of 98 and Spirit of Endeavour that are already underway and are scheduled to end in Portland and Seattle this Saturday, September 18.
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Sep 20, 2010
President Obama Announces Intent to Nominate FMC Commissioners
On Friday, September 17, 2010, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye for another term as Federal Maritime Commissioner, and announced his intent to nominate Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioner Mario Cordero for Federal Maritime Commissioner.
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Sep 17, 2010
Updated: Cruise West Cancellations and Refund Options
West Travel, Inc., doing business as the cruise line Cruise West, has notified the Federal Maritime Commission that it is cancelling all cruises that were scheduled to begin this Saturday, September 18, and on all dates that follow, with the exception of the September 22 Danube Cruise. It will complete cruises of the Spirit of 98 and Spirit of Endeavour that are already underway and are scheduled to end in Portland and Seattle this Saturday, September 18.
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Sep 17, 2010
Cruise West Cancellations and Refund Options
West Travel, Inc., doing business as the cruise line Cruise West, has notified the Federal Maritime Commission that it is cancelling all cruises that were scheduled to begin this Saturday, September 18, and on all dates that follow. It will complete cruises of the Spirit of 98 and Spirit of Endeavour that are already underway and are scheduled to end in Portland and Seattle this Saturday, September 18.
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Sep 16, 2010
Commission Meeting Scheduled for September 22, 2010
A portion of the meeting will be in Open Session and the remainder of the meeting will be in Closed Session.​
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Sep 03, 2010
FMC Orders Special Reporting Requirements for the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement and the Westbound Transpacific Stabilization Agreement
The Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA), Agreement No. 205-011223, is an agreement among international ocean common carriers filed with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) under Sections 4 and 5 of the Shipping Act of 1984, 46 U.S.C. §§ 40301 to 40302.
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Aug 30, 2010
Ocean Carriers and Intermediaries Pay $218,750 in Agreed Penalties
The Federal Maritime Commission has executed six compromise agreements recovering a total of $218,750 in civil penalties. The agreements were reached with a vessel-operating common carrier and five ocean transportation intermediaries. The agreed penalties resulted from investigations conducted by the Commission's Area Representatives in Houston, Los Angeles, New York, South Florida, and Washington, D.C. Staff attorneys with the Commission's Bureau of Enforcement negotiated the compromise agreements. The parties settled and paid penalties, but did not admit to violations of the Shipping Act or the Commission's regulations. "These penalties reflect the continued vigilance and hard work of the Commission's Area Representatives and Bureau of Enforcement to protect the shipping public," stated Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr.
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Aug 16, 2010
ALJ Issues Initial Decision in Docket No. 06-01
By Order of Investigation and Hearing dated January II, 2006, the Federal Maritime Commission ("Commission") instructed the Bureau of Enforcement ("BOE") to commence an investigation into the activities ofnine corporations and fourteen individuals for possible violations of sections 8,10, and 19 of the Shipping Act of 1984 ("Shipping Act") at 46 U.S.C. §§ 40501, 41102,40901, and 40902, and the Commission's regulations at 46 C.F.R. §§ 515.3, 515.21, and 520.3, noting numerous consumer...
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Jul 26, 2010
Cancellation of July 28, 2010 Commission Meeting
The Federal Maritime Commission's meeting scheduled for July 28, 2010 has been cancelled.
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Jul 26, 2010
Notice of Filing and Request for Comments in P1-10: Petition of Hainan P O Shipping Co., Ltd., for Exemption from Section 9(c) of the Shipping Act of 1984
Notice is hereby given that Hainan P O Shipping Co., Ltd. (“Petitioner”), has petitioned the Commission pursuant to Section 16 of the Shipping Act of 1984, 46 U.S.C. §40103, and 46 C.F.R. §502.69 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, for an exemption from the first sentence of Section 9(c) of the Shipping Act, 46 U.S.C. §40703. Petitioner is an ocean common carrier currently providing container service outside the U.S. trades.
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Jul 02, 2010
Chairman Lidinsky Letter to Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry on Friday, July 2, 2010
Thank you for your letter expressing concern over reports that U.S. agricultural exporters are experiencing serious service issues with the ocean carrier indUStry. Your letter provides an apt description of the issues that prompted the Federal Maritime Commission in March to initiate an investigation led by Commissioner Rebecca Dye into vessel capacity and shipping container availability problems.​
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Jul 01, 2010
Interim Report and Immediate FMC Actions on Vessel Space and Container Shortages Presented to Congress
Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. and Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye appeared yesterday before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to update the Subcommittee on the status of the Commission's Fact Finding Investigation No. 26, Vessel Capacity and Equipment Availability in the United States Export and Import Liner Trades; the current state of the U.S. economy and liner trade growth; and progress of the Container Availabili​
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Notice of Filing and Request for Comments in P1-10: Petition of Hainan P O Shipping Co., Ltd., for Exemption from Section 9(c) of the Shipping Act of 1984
Notice of Filing and Request for Comments in P1-10: Petition of Hainan P O Shipping Co., Ltd., for Exemption from Section 9(c) of the Shipping Act of 1984
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Jun 24, 2010
Fact Finding Investigation No. 26 Update Regarding U.S. Export and Import Capacity and Equipment Issues
Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. and Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye will address the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, to report on the status of the Commission's Fact Finding Investigation No. 26, Vessel Capacity and Equipment Availability in the United States Export and Import Liner Trades. Commissioner Dye briefed the Commission yesterday in a closed FMC meeting, outlining the progress of her investigation, recommendations for immediate actions, and possibilities for future action.
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Jun 23, 2010
Fact Finding Launched to Examine Household Goods and Personal Property Shipping Practices
By unanimous vote, the FMC initiated Fact Finding Investigation No. 27 into complaints or inquiries from individual shippers of household goods and personal property in U.S.-foreign oceanborne trades. This investigation will further the Commission's Strategic Goal to protect the public from unlawful, unfair or deceptive ocean transportation practices and resolve shipping disputes. Commissioner Michael A. Khouri has been named to lead the Fact Finding.
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Commission Announces Meeting Scheduled for June 23, 2010
Commission Announces Meeting Scheduled for June 23, 2010
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Jun 22, 2010
Supreme Court Upholds Key Aspect of Intermodal Transport
Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court adopted the United States' position and solidified the legal support for through bills-of-lading, a key tool in the intermodal transportation system. The Court's decision reversed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the companion cases Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. v. Regal-Beloit Corporation, No. 08-1553, and Union Pacific Railroad Company v. Regal-Beloit Corporation, No. 08-1554.
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Jun 16, 2010
FMC's 50th Anniversary
On August 12, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed an executive order that established the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) as an independent agency. Under the order, called Reorganization Plan No. 7, the shipping laws of the U.S. were separated into two categories: regulatory and promotional. The newly created FMC was charged with the administration of the regulatory provisions of the shipping laws.
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Notice of Filing of Complaint and Assignment in Docket No. 10-05
Notice of Filing of Complaint and Assignment in Docket No. 10-05
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May 24, 2010
Appointment of Rebecca Fenneman as General Counsel
Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. announced today the appointment of Rebecca A. Fenneman to the Senior Executive Service and her designation as General Counsel of the Federal Maritime Commission.
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May 17, 2010
South Florida Area Representatives Commended for Role in Ex-Im Bank and Justice Department Fraud Investigation
The Federal Maritime Commission today commended its South Florida Area Representatives for providing valuable assistance in an investigation by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) and the Department of Justice that resulted in a guilty plea for a conspiracy to defraud the Ex-Im Bank of approximately $854,000.
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May 05, 2010
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Resources
The FMC is monitoring the spill's potential effects on shipping lines, rates, schedules, ports, and terminals. Expedited review for agreements is available to facilitate adjustments that may be required as a result of the spill or response activities. Should any regulated entity desire additional relief from or clarification of Commission regulations, please contact the Commission's Bureau of Trade Analysis.
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Notice of Public Meeting Issued in Docket No. 10-03
Notice of Public Meeting Issued in Docket No. 10-03
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Commission Issues Order in Docket No. 09-07
Commission Issues Order in Docket No. 09-07
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Notice of Public Meeting to Receive Oral Comments Regarding NVOCC Negotiated Rate Arrangements
Notice of Public Meeting to Receive Oral Comments Regarding NVOCC Negotiated Rate Arrangements
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Apr 29, 2010
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Issued to Grant Economic Relief to NVOCCs
The Federal Maritime Commission today released for comment a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that, when final, would relieve nearly 3,300 FMC-licensed Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) from the costs and burdens of publishing in tariffs the rates they charge for cargo shipments.
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Apr 28, 2010
Scam Alert: A Fraudulent E-mail Scheme Claiming to Originate from the FMC
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has learned of a scheme that uses the name of the FMC to perpetuate a scam on consumers. This alert is intended to warn consumers that the fraudulent e-mail and correspondence were not sent by the Federal Maritime Commission or any of its employees. Individuals are warned not to respond to the fraudulent e-mails or provide personal information.
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Apr 21, 2010
Port of Los Angeles Receives FMC Chairman's Inaugural Earth Day Award
Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. today announced that the Port of Los Angeles is receiving the Chairman's Earth Day Award for innovation and environmental leadership in developing and implementing its Clean Truck Program. This is the first annual award given by the FMC Chairman for the nation's top leaders on environmental issues in the ocean shipping industry.
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Apr 21, 2010
Commission Meeting Scheduled for April 21, 2010
Open Session Items 1. FY 2010 Budget Status Update 2. FMC EU Study Status Update
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Apr 01, 2010
Fact Finding Officer to Hold Hearings on Vessel Capacity and Equipment Availability
Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye, as Fact Finding Officer, will conduct hearings concerning vessel capacity and equipment availability in the United States export and import liner trades. In order to reach out and provide an opportunity for face-to-face discussion for as many U.S. exporters and importers, carriers, ports, and other industry participants as possible, the Fact Finding Officer will hold hearings in locations around the country.
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NVOCC Tariff Exemption Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
NVOCC Tariff Exemption Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
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Notice of Hearing in New York in Fact Finding Investigation No. 26
Notice of Hearing in New York in Fact Finding Investigation No. 26
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Mar 17, 2010
Ocean Export and Import Capacity Fact Finding Launched
In testimony before the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation today, the Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr., announced that, by unanimous vote, the FMC has initiated a Fact Finding Investigation into ocean vessel capacity and shipping equipment availability for U.S. exports and imports. Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye has been named to lead the Fact Finding.
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Mar 17, 2010
Fact Finding Investigation Pertaining to Vessel Capacity and Equipment Availability in the United States Export and Import Liner Trades
Pursuant to the Shipping Act of 1984 46 U S C 40101 et seq Shipping Act the Federal Maritime Commission FMC or Commission is charged with regulating commerce of the United States the common carriage of goods by water in the foreign liner service In doing so the Commission must be mindful of the statutory purpose of its regulation.
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Ocean Export and Import Capacity Fact Finding Launched
Ocean Export and Import Capacity Fact Finding Launched
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FMC Cancels March 17, 2010 Commission Meeting
The Federal Maritime Commission's meeting scheduled for March 17, 2010 has been cancelled.
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FMC Cancels February 10, 2010 Commission Meeting - Reschedules Meeting for Thursday, February 18, 2010
FMC Cancels February 10, 2010 Commission Meeting - Reschedules Meeting for Thursday, February 18, 2010​
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Mar 09, 2010
Ocean Carriers and Intermediaries Pay $625,000 in Agreed Penalties
The Federal Maritime Commission today announced four compromise agreements in which an ocean carrier and intermediaries agreed to pay a total of $625,000 in civil penalties for alleged violations of the Shipping Act of 1984. The agreements were reached with a vessel-operating common carrier (VOCC) and three ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs).
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Mar 03, 2010
Cruise Line Operators Give Testimony to FMC on Financial Responsibility Protections for Passengers
The Federal Maritime Commission heard testimony today from passenger vessel operators and cruise industry associations concerning the benefits and challenges of the Commission's financial responsibility requirements. Today's hearing provided the Commission the opportunity to hear directly from the cruise industry and ask questions regarding the adequacy of protections for passengers' deposits and fares in the event of nonperformance of a cruise from a U.S. port.
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Commission Announces Meeting Scheduled for February 10, 2010
Commission Announces Meeting Scheduled for February 10, 2010
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Notice of Hearing in Fact Finding Investigation No. 26
Notice of Hearing in Fact Finding Investigation No. 26
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Commission Issues Notice of Filing of Complaint in Docket No. 10-02
Commission Issues Notice of Filing of Complaint in Docket No. 10-02
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Feb 23, 2010
Clarification: NVOCC Tariff Publication Requirements Unchanged Until Final Rule Issued
The Federal Maritime Commission voted last week to initiate a rulemaking that would relieve Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) from the costs and burdens of publishing and adhering to tariffs that contain the rates they charge to ship cargo. The Commission has received indications that some NVOCCs may have begun to implement such a change in their business operations.
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Feb 18, 2010
Economic Relief Granted to NVOCCs by FMC Vote
The Federal Maritime Commission voted today to initiate a rulemaking that would relieve Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) from the costs and burdens of publishing in tariffs the rates they charge for cargo shipments. In a 3 to 1 vote, the Commission decided to grant this exemption from publishing rate tariffs to licensed NVOCCs. NVOCCs are common carriers that act as intermediaries between their shipper customers and steamship lines. According to comments filed with the Commission, t​
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Feb 01, 2010
FMC Reorganization
Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr., has announced a reorganization of the Federal Maritime Commission that became effective January 31, 2010. The new organization establishes a Managing Director to ensure that the Commission's major offices are cohesively directed toward achieving fair and efficient ocean transportation that helps improve the nation's economy. The reorganization also gives heightened priority to the role of the Commission's Office of Consumer Affairs & Dispute Resolution Services​
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Notice of Hearing Schedule: Passenger Vessel Financial Responsibility
Notice of Hearing Schedule: Passenger Vessel Financial Responsibility
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PVO Program Notice of Public Hearing: Extension of Time to File Request to Appear
PVO Program Notice of Public Hearing: Extension of Time to File Request to Appear
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Jan 19, 2010
Haiti Crisis: FMC Responds with Regulatory Relief
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) today announced that it is working with appropriate U.S. Government agencies and the maritime industry to spur relief and rebuilding efforts for the people of Haiti in the aftermath of last week's devastating earthquake.
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Jan 19, 2010
Haiti Disaster Relief Advisory
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) advises regulated entities of the following flexibilities currently available under the Commission's regulations and the Shipping Act without further request for Commission action.
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Cancellation of January 13, 2010 Commission Meeting
The Federal Maritime Commission's meeting scheduled for January 13, 2010 has been cancelled.
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Jan 07, 2010
Commissioner Michael A. Khouri Joins the Commission
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced today that Michael A. Khouri of Louisville, KY, has been sworn in as a Commissioner for a term to expire on June 30, 2011. Commissioner Khouri was nominated by President Barack Obama on December 3, 2009, and confirmed by the Senate on December 24, 2009.​
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Jan 05, 2010
Erin Masson Wirth Joins FMC as Administrative Law Judge
Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. announced that Erin Masson Wirth has joined the Federal Maritime Commission as an Administrative Law Judge.
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PVO Program Notice of Public Hearing
PVO Program Notice of Public Hearing
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