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FMC Updates Controlled Carrier List

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Hede (HONGKONG) International Shipping Limited was classified today by the Federal Maritime Commission as a controlled carrier of the Government of the People’s Republic of China and added to the agency’s Controlled Carrier List. The Controlled Carrier List was further revised today by removing COSCO Shipping Lines (Europe) GmbH, which… Read More »

FMC Publishes Final Rule on Detention and Demurrage Billing Practices

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A Final Rule issued today by the Federal Maritime Commission establishes new requirements for how common carriers and marine terminal operators (MTOs) must bill for demurrage and detention charges, providing clarity on who can be billed, within what timeframe, and the process for disputing bills. A key provision of this… Read More »

Notice to Passengers Regarding American Queen Voyages

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The Federal Maritime Commission has been informed that American Queen Voyages has shut down, cancelled all future voyages, and has filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Consumers who have purchased travel on American Queen Voyages should visit the “Customer Claims Portal”… Read More »

Recording of FMC Hearing on Red Sea Available

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The recording of an Informal Public Hearing held by the Federal Maritime Commission examining impacts from attacks on merchant shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden is now available for streaming on the Commission’s YouTube channel. The hearing was held on February 7, 2024, and the Commission heard… Read More »

FMC Releases Schedule for Hearing on Threats to Shipping

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The Federal Maritime Commission will hear from individuals representing shipper, carrier, and port interests at its informal hearing examining impacts to shipping and supply chains from current conditions in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden regions. The informal hearing is being held Wednesday, February 7, 2024, in the Surface… Read More »

December 2023 Activity Report

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Statements & Releases Impacts From Threats to Shipping The Federal Maritime Commission issued a statement regarding threats to commercial shipping in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden regions. Commissioner Sola Attends Cruise Forward Summit to Talk About Zero Emission Efforts in the Maritime Industry Commissioner Louis E. Sola participated… Read More »

FMC Announces Hearing on Shipping Conditions in the Red Sea

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The Federal Maritime Commission will hold an informal public hearing on February 7, 2024, to examine how conditions in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden regions are impacting commercial shipping and global supply chains. The hearing will allow stakeholders in the supply chain to communicate with the Commission how… Read More »

Commission Advisory Regarding Red Sea Surcharges

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The Commission recognizes that the threat to commercial shipping imposes costs on the maritime transportation industry. The FMC has announced a hearing to explore Red Sea shipping issues. Under statutory authority, the Commission and its staff are closely monitoring rates, charges, and rules that common carriers have implemented as a… Read More »

Maximum Penalty Fees Adjusted

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The Federal Maritime Commission will increase the maximum penalties assessed for statutory violations effective January 15, 2024, 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 »