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Commission Issues Proposed Rule on Service Contract Filing Relief


The Federal Maritime Commission today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that, if adopted, will permit ocean carriers to file original service contracts at the agency up to 30 days after going into effect. Members of the public have until March 4, 2021 to file comments in response to… Read More »

Maximum Penalty Fees Adjusted


The Federal Maritime Commission will increase the maximum penalties assessed for statutory violations effective January 15, 2021, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015. The increases are tied to the rate of inflation. Maximum penalties for knowing and willful violations of the Shipping Act will… Read More »

Fact Finding 29: Advice to the Trade


Commissioner Rebecca Dye is advising that shippers and truckers may contact the Federal Maritime Commission’s Bureau of Enforcement (BoE) with allegations of ocean carriers and marine terminal operators employing practices or regulations in violation of 46 USC 41102(c) involving non-compliance with the Final Rule published earlier this year by the… Read More »

Commissioners Bentzel and Maffei Urge Ocean Carriers to Carry U.S. Exports


Yesterday, Commissioners Carl W. Bentzel and Daniel B. Maffei sent a letter to World Shipping Council President and CEO John Butler, expressing concern about reports that ocean carriers are refusing the carriage of U.S. exports. The Commissioners noted that U.S. exporters should not bear the entire burden of volume fluctuations… Read More »



STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Federal Maritime Commission Increases Global Alliances’ Information Monitoring Report Requirements Pursuant to direction from Chairman Khouri, the Commission has issued letters to the three global carrier alliances requiring that certain carrier-specific trade data be filed more frequently. Commissioner Sola Visits Houston for Panel Discussion and Meetings with… Read More »

FMC Receives Briefings at December Meeting


The Federal Maritime Commission met virtually and in closed session on Wednesday, December 10, 2020. At the meeting, Commissioner Rebecca Dye provided an update on her work to date as Fact Finding Officer for “International Ocean Transportation Supply Chain Engagement” (Fact Finding 29).  Staff provided a briefing on General Prohibitions… Read More »

Commissioner Maffei Remarks at AgTC Major Midyear Meeting


Before I begin, I must mention that the views I express are mine alone as one individual commissioner and not the position of the FMC as a whole. Certainly, for me, the shortage of containers for agriculture exports is a huge concern – having once served as a Congressman from… Read More »