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JULY 2022 ACTIVITY REPORT

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STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Industry Advisory—Demurrage & Detention Billing Practices The Commission issued notice to the trade that common carriers are required to comply with demurrage or detention billing practices established by the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022. Industry Advisory—Interim Procedures for Submitting “Charge Complaints” Under 46 USC 41310 The Commission… Read More »

FMC Establishes OSRA 2022 Implementation Webpage

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The Federal Maritime Commission has established a webpage dedicated to its actions and activities related to the implementation of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (OSRA). “OSRA 2022 is now law and the Federal Maritime Commission intends to act expeditiously to implement both the letter and the spirit of… Read More »

FMC Unveils Plan for Data Collection Initiative Mandated by OSRA

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The Federal Maritime Commission is seeking public comments on a proposed plan for gathering import and export information from vessel-operating common carriers that is responsive to a requirement established as part of Public Law 116-146, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (OSRA). The law mandates the Commission collect and… Read More »

New FMC Enforcement Structure

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The Federal Maritime Commission is reorganizing its investigative and prosecution functions by consolidating them into a newly created Bureau of Enforcement, Investigations, and Compliance (BEIC) effective immediately. The newly established Bureau will be headed by an attorney in the Senior Executive Service with regulatory, prosecutorial, and investigatory experience.  The Commission’s… Read More »

June 2022 Activity Report

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STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Industry Advisory—Applicability of Provisions Contained in PL 117-146 The Commission issued an Industry Advisory about self-executing provisions of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (PL 117-146). FMC Approves $2 Million Settlement Agreement with Hapag-Lloyd The Federal Maritime Commission approved a settlement agreement reached between its Bureau… Read More »

FMC Moving Quickly in Implementing OSRA 2022

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The open session of Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Maritime Commission provided the public with an accounting of the progress being made implementing the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (OSRA) and a general summary of the new law’s provisions. The Commission reports it is moving expeditiously to fulfill the… Read More »

Industry Advisory — Demurrage & Detention Billing Practices

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Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (VOCCs) are required to comply with demurrage or detention billing practices established by the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (PL 117-146). As previously advised to the trade, there is no phase-in period for this provision of law. The law, and its requirements, related to demurrage and… Read More »

Commission Meeting Scheduled for July 27, 2022 

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SUNSHINE ACT MEETING   TIME AND DATE: July 27, 2022; 10:00 a.m.  PLACE: This meeting will be held at the Federal Maritime Commission at the address below and also streamed live on MS Teams (Live)   800 N. Capitol Street, NW   1st Floor Hearing Room   Washington, DC     STATUS: Part of the… Read More »