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Former Commissioner

Michael A. Khouri

Counsel: John A. Moran
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Commissioner Michael A. Khouri of Kentucky was nominated by President Barack Obama in December 2009 and was confirmed by the United States Senate in late December 2009. He was nominated to a full term in November 2011 and was re-nominated and confirmed for his current term in June 2016. President Donald Trump designated Commissioner Khouri as Acting Chairman of the Commission on January 23, 2017, and then designated him as Chairman on March 7, 2019. He was succeeded by Chairman Maffei in March 2021.

Commissioner Khouri is a career veteran in the maritime industry from positions held in marine vessel operations, legal, and executive general management positions. He also served on the boards of directors at the Waterways Council, Inc. and the American Waterways Operators Association.

Mr. Khouri began his career as a deck crewman for Crounse Corp., a Paducah, Kentucky-based marine towing company. He worked up in rank from deck crew with service in the engine room and then into the wheelhouse as Pilot and Captain, earning his U.S. Merchant Marine Officer’s License as Master and First Class Pilot on Steam and Motor Vessels. He changed career paths and entered law school, then served for twenty-three years with American Commercial Lines, the largest U.S. inland marine transportation company, holding executive positions including General Counsel & Secretary, Senior Vice President for Law & Corporate Affairs, and Senior Vice President for Transportation Services-marine operations. Mr. Khouri then joined MERS/Economy Boat, serving as President & COO before moving home to Louisville to join the law firm of Pedley & Gordinier.

Mr. Khouri received his B.A. in Economics from Tulane University and his law degree from the Brandeis School of Law-University of Louisville. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

Related Articles

Statement of Commissioner Khouri on NCBFAA Recognition
Posted: June 2, 2021

On May 25, 2021, Commissioner Khouri was presented with a plaque of appreciation by a representative of the National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) in a private ceremony. The commendation recognized Commissioner Khouri for “… his dedication to excellence and exemplary service as Chairman of the Federal… Read More »

Remarks of Commissioner Michael A. Khouri at the NCBFAA’s Annual Conference
Posted: May 4, 2021

Good morning. Thank you for the invitation to join you today. I always find it helpful to share what we are doing at the FMC with NCBFAA’s membership, and more importantly – to hear directly from you about your interests, concerns, and priorities. As always, my remarks reflect my individual… Read More »

Remarks of Commissioner Michael A. Khouri at the Propeller Club of the United States Port, Los Angeles & Long Beach
Posted: April 13, 2021

Introduction I am pleased to be with you today and I want to thank the Propeller Club of the United States Port of Los Angeles & Long Beach for the invitation to speak. My remarks reflect my individual views and thoughts. They are not offered as the official positions of… Read More »

Statement of Chairman Michael A. Khouri: Letter to the Editor, Lloyd’s List
Posted: February 12, 2021

Chairman Michael A. Khouri released the below Letter to the Editor (paywall), submitted to Lloyd’s List earlier this month.  In his correspondence, Chairman Khouri answers an Opinion piece suggesting that regulatory agencies are an impediment to addressing the issue of misdeclared hazardous cargoes.  The Chairman stated the shared concern the Federal… Read More »