Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

Due to Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on November 8, 2013 the FMC is offering the following flexibilities to its regulated entities:

  • Common carriers can quickly begin new service to the Philippines and waive or reduce charges for charitable shipments to the Philippines; common carrier tariff publications for trades, points, or ports not presently served may become effective upon publication. Tariff rates and charges can be reduced or waived upon publication. 46 C.F.R. 530.8(a)(1); 46 C.F.R. 520.8(b)(3)
     
  • Expedited review is available for agreements among ocean common carriers to facilitate services from the United States to the Philippines. Many such agreements are eligible to become effective upon filing; for those that are not, parties may request expedited review and such agreements are immunized from the U.S. antitrust laws. 46 U.S.C. 40307.
     
  • Freight forwarders can give free or reduced-rate service to relief agencies shipping to the Philippines. FMC-licensed freight forwarders may perform services for recognized relief agencies or charitable organizations free of charge or at reduced fees. 46 C.F.R. 515.41(d).
     
  • Marine terminal operators can waive or reduce charges for relief or reconstruction efforts in the Philippines. 46 C.F.R. Part 535.

Until transportation and communications in the Philippines have been restored, sending non-monetary relief cargo directly to individuals is discouraged. Shipments sent from the U.S. to the Philippines, especially to the Visayas, are likely to encounter severe delays and difficulties with delivery.

If you have questions or concerns about a shipment you have sent, you are encouraged to contact your ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) or carrier. We remind you to always do business with an FMC-licensed and bonded OTI; it is also wise to obtain insurance.

If you have problems with your OTI or carrier, the Commission’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services may be able to help.