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December 2022 Activity Report

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Statements & Announcements FMC Probing Shipping Lines’ Anti-Retaliation Compliance  The Federal Maritime Commission is asking the top 20 shipping lines calling the United States to provide information on how they are complying with the new prohibitions on retaliation established by the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (OSRA). FMC Announces… Read More »

FMC to Seek Additional Comments on Unreasonable Refusal to Deal Rulemaking

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The Federal Maritime Commission will issue a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) that addresses issues commenters raised in response to the Unreasonable Refusal to Deal or Negotiate with Respect to Vessel Space Accommodations proposed (Docket 22-24) rule issued last September. The announcement came during a Commission meeting held today… Read More »

Commission Meeting Scheduled for January 25, 2023 

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SUNSHINE ACT MEETING  TIME AND DATE: January 25, 2023; 10:00 a.m.  PLACE: This meeting will be held at the Federal Maritime Commission at the address below and also streamed live at Federal Maritime Commission’s YouTube Channel.  Federal Maritime Commission   800 North Capitol St, NW   1st Floor Hearing Room    Washington, D.C…. Read More »

Industry Advisory—Requirement to Maintain Accurate Information on FMC Form FMC-1

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The Federal Maritime Commission reminds common carriers and marine terminal operators they must maintain an accurate Common Carrier Tariff and MTO Schedule Registration Form (FMC-1). Any changes to information submitted through the FMC-1 must immediately be sent to the Commission. Existing filers should review information previously submitted to the Commission… Read More »

FMC NOVEMBER 2022 ACTIVITY REPORT

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STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Chris Hughey Named FMC General Counsel Phillip C. “Chris” Hughey has been hired as the General Counsel of the Federal Maritime Commission and appointed to be a member of the Senior Executive Service. Maffei Visits Bay Area for Congressional & Industry Meetings Chairman Daniel B. Maffei traveled… Read More »

FMC Probing Shipping Lines’ Anti-Retaliation Compliance

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The Federal Maritime Commission is asking the top 20 shipping lines calling the United States to provide information on how they are complying with the new prohibitions on retaliation established by the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (OSRA). The added protections against retaliation were created by Section 5 of… Read More »

FMC Announces Interim Procedures for Processing Charge Complaints

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The Federal Maritime Commission today announced its interim procedures to review, investigate, and adjudicate Charge Complaints. U.S. shippers have responded positively to the new opportunity, established via the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022, to challenge carrier charges by filing Charge Complaints at the FMC.  Since the law’s enactment in… Read More »

FMC OCTOBER 2022 ACTIVITY REPORT

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STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS FMC Proposing New Demurrage & Detention Billing Requirements The Federal Maritime Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to bring more clarity, structure, and punctuality to the demurrage and detention billing practices of vessel operating common carriers, non-vessel-operating common carriers, and marine terminal operators. Commission… Read More »

FMC Applications Outage Resolved

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Some users may have experienced access or usage issues with the following applications over the past two days, including email notifications from applications to external filers. Servcon Form-1 Form-18 Form-65 Renewal OTI License Renewal Agreements E-Monitoring RPI We have resolved these issues as of Friday morning, November 18, 2022.  However,… Read More »

Chris Hughey Named FMC General Counsel

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Chairman Daniel B. Maffei today announced Phillip C. “Chris” Hughey has been hired as the General Counsel of the Federal Maritime Commission and appointed to be a member of the Senior Executive Service. In his capacity as General Counsel to the Commission, Mr. Hughey will provide legal advice and recommendations… Read More »