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Marine Terminal Operators

Marine Terminal Operators (MTOs) provide wharfage, dock, warehouse, or other marine terminal facilities to ocean common carriers moving cargo in the ocean-borne, foreign commerce of the United States. MTOs include:

  • Public port authorities that own and maintain the docks and other facilities, and sometimes directly operate the marine terminal that ocean common carriers use
  • Private terminal operators are companies that lease terminals from a public port authority (which acts as a landlord) and operate the leased terminals as a private business

MTO Agreements Required to be Filed with the FMC

Agreements among MTOs, or between MTOs and ocean common carriers involving ocean transportation in the foreign commerce of the United States are required to be filed with the FMC (46 USC § 40302) if the agreement authorizes the parties to engage in the following:

  • discuss, fix, or regulate rates
  • regulate other conditions of service
  • engage in exclusive, preferential, or cooperative working arrangements

The FMC conducts a preliminary review of all agreements to determine if the agreement is in compliance with the Shipping Act (46 USC Chapter 403), and ongoing monitoring of activities once an agreement becomes effective.

How to File an MTO Agreement

Agreements may be filed electronically using the eAgreements application.

Please note that you will need a user account to file an agreement in this application. User accounts can be requested by emailing

  • your name,
  • email address, and
  • a brief description of the agreement you are seeking to file.

Please note that any agreement filed through this application will immediately be made available to the public.

Agreements may be filed in hard copy by sending the appropriate documents to:

Office of the Secretary
Federal Maritime Commission
800 North Capitol Street
Washington, DC 20573

Publication of MTO Schedules

When publishing a MTO Schedule (formally called MTO Tariffs):

Contact Information

Phone: 202-523-5793