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Coral Sea Shipping

September 3, 2007

The Federal Maritime Commission issues this notice to alert consumers about the activities of an entity using the name Coral Sea Shipping.  Coral Sea Shipping appears to be operating in violation of the Shipping Act of 1984.  The Shipping Act makes it unlawful to hold out as providing international ocean shipping services without being licensed to do so, and maintaining appropriate consumer financial protection, such as a surety bond.  Coral Sea Shipping is not licensed and bonded, but is offering through its web site, (, to move household goods for shippers via ocean transportation to, or from, other countries.

Coral Sea Shipping allegedly has been collecting payment from consumers for the transport and delivery of their goods to or from foreign destinations without providing all services as contracted.  Consumer complaints have revealed that Coral Sea Shipping has used other, third party transportation providers while failing to pay for their services, thus requiring consumers to incur additional costs by paying these other transportation providers for services that Coral Sea Shipping had been paid to provide. 

Any consumer that has arranged with Coral Sea Shipping for international shipment of its goods or personal effects may contact the Commission's Office of Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services for assistance. (202-523-5807 or 

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