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Registration for First Meeting of National Shipper Advisory Still Available


Interested members of the public have until 5:00 PM (Eastern) Friday, October 22, 2021, to register to view the first meeting of the Federal Maritime Commission’s National Shipper Advisory Committee. The meeting will be held in virtual session on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Eastern). Requests for the… Read More »

FMC Briefed on Enforcement and Audit Activities, and Upcoming NSAC Meeting


Enforcement matters, information learned to date from audits of carrier detention and demurrage practices, and the role of the National Shipper Advisory Committee were matters addressed during a meeting of the Federal Maritime Commission held today. The meeting was held virtually in both open and closed sessions. The Commission was… Read More »

Commission Meeting Scheduled for October 13, 2021


SUNSHINE ACT MEETING   FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION AGENDA  STATUS:  Part of this meeting will be open to the public and will be streamed live, accessible from www.fmc.gov. The rest of the meeting will be closed to the public.  DATE AND TIME:  October 13, 2021; 10:00AM  PLACE:  This will be an open meeting to the… Read More »



STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Commission Questions Shipping Lines About Surcharges The Federal Maritime Commission has launched an expedited inquiry into the timing and legal sufficiency of ocean carrier practices with respect to certain surcharges. FMC Invites Comment on Proposed Rule Addressing Cruise Line Non-Performance and Refunds The Federal Maritime Commission announced… Read More »

Meeting of the Federal Maritime Commission – September 21, 2021


Authority: 46 U.S.C. Sec. 303 The meeting commenced at 10:03 and recessed at 10:31. All individuals present at the briefing were Commissioners or Commission employees: Chairman Daniel B. Maffei, Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye, Commissioner Michael A. Khouri, Commissioner Louis E. Sola, Commissioner Carl W. Bentzel, Katharine Primosch, John Moran, Clark… Read More »

FMC to Issue Guidance on Complaint Proceedings and Seek Comments on Demurrage and Detention Billings


The Federal Maritime Commission has voted to move forward with two demurrage-and-detention related initiatives proposed by Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye as part of Fact Finding 29. Unlike Commissioner Dye’s other Interim Recommendations, these initiatives required formal Commission approval. The first initiative is to issue a policy statement on issues that… Read More »

FMC Announces National Shipper Advisory Committee Membership


The Federal Maritime Commission today announced the membership of its newly formed National Shipper Advisory Committee. The Committee is comprised of 24 members, evenly divided between those who export cargo from and those who import cargo to the United States, that will advise the Commission on policies relating to the… Read More »

International Shipping Competition Agencies Meet


Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Daniel B. Maffei joined his colleagues from the European Union and the People’s Republic of China for the fifth biennial meeting of the Global Regulatory Summit to discuss competition issues related to the shipping industry. The meeting was hosted by the European Commission and held virtually… Read More »



STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS FMC Establishes Ocean Carriers Audit Program The Federal Maritime Commission established a new audit program and dedicated audit team to assess carrier compliance with the Agency’s rule on detention and demurrage as well as to provide additional information beneficial to the regular monitoring of the marketplace for… Read More »