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  • FMC Investigating Possible Failure to Comply with Chassis Provisioning Order

    The Federal Maritime Commission opened an investigation today to determine if the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA) and its members are complying with a decision issued earlier this year establishing the right of shipper and trucker choice in chassis provisioning for merchant haulage in four key U.S. markets. The Commission initiated the non-adjudicatory investigation…

  • May 2024 Activity Report 

    Statements & Releases  Commission May 2024 Meeting Video Available for Replay  Compromise Agreements Yield over $2.3 Million in Penalties & Changes to Business Practices  The Federal Maritime Commission has entered into compromise agreements with three different companies resulting in the collection of more than $2.3 million in civil penalty payments, and commitments by each company…

  • Industry Advisory: Requirements to Maintain Status as a VOCC

    Common carriers publishing automated tariffs as vessel-operating common carriers (VOCCs) must operate at least one vessel in common carriage in the foreign commerce of the United States to maintain their status.  Organizations offering common carriage that do not operate at least one vessel are considered non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs).  Licensing, registration, and financial responsibility requirements…

  • FMC Unveils Redesigned Website

    The Federal Maritime Commission today launched an updated version of its website that improves ease of navigation, information accessibility, and ways for the public to identify and request assistance from the agency. The website now includes a dedicated gateway where the public can more easily communicate with the Commission to share information, submit a complaint,…

  • Commission Publishes Update of its Official Case Law Reporter

    The Federal Maritime Commission has published on its website an update to Decisions of the Federal Maritime Commission, Second Series (Volume 7). This publication provides a compendium of Initial and Final Decisions of the Commission and selected other orders that may be significant or establish legal precedent. The volume now incorporates the period of June…

  • FMC May Meeting Focused on Agency Outreach and Licensing Efforts

    Demand for cargo and passenger ocean transportation services remains strong post-pandemic and the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) used the open session of its May 2024 meeting to highlight how agency licensing and outreach programs improve supply chain resiliency, protect the public, and ensure proper compliance by shipping companies and marine terminal operators (MTO). While containerized…

  • FMC Seeks Public Comments on New Maersk & Hapag-Lloyd Cooperative Agreement

    The Federal Maritime Commission has opened a 12-day comment period allowing interested members of the public to respond to Maersk and Hapag Lloyd’s newly filed vessel sharing agreement, the Gemini Cooperation Agreement. Instructions for submitting comments are included in a Notice of Agreements Filed published in the Federal Register yesterday.  The deadline for submitting comments is Tuesday,…

  • April 2024 Activity Report 

    STATEMENTS & RELEASES Testimony of Chairman Maffei before Congress Prepared statement of Daniel B. Maffei submitted for inclusion in the record for hearing “Review of Fiscal Year 2025 Budget Request for Coast Guard and Maritime Programs, Pt. 1: Maritime Administration and Federal Maritime Commission, held by the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, April…

  • Compromise Agreements Yield over $2.3 Million in Penalties & Changes to Business Practices

    The Federal Maritime Commission has entered into compromise agreements with three different companies resulting in the collection of more than $2.3 million in civil penalty payments, and commitments by each company to reform specific business practices. The agreements are the result of investigations by the Commission’s Bureau of Enforcement, Investigations, and Compliance (BEIC). CMA-CGM, S.A.…

  • American Queen Voyages — Update on Refund Process

    SURETY BOND PROCESSES Passengers who had booked travel aboard an American Queen Voyages (AQV) vessel departing from a United States port may file a refund claim against the surety bond. The now-insolvent company was required to maintain this form of financial coverage under the Federal Maritime Commission regulations. Instructions for how to file a refund…