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FMC Seeking Public Comment on Unreasonable Refusal to Deal Proposed Rule

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The Federal Maritime Commission is seeking public comments in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued today implementing a requirement of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (OSRA) to define unreasonable refusal to deal or negotiate with respect to vessel space accommodation provided by an ocean common… Read More »

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 Seeks Comments on Benefits of Issuing Emergency Order Requiring Information Sharing

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The Federal Maritime Commission is seeking public comment on whether supply chain congestion has created conditions warranting the issuance of an emergency order requiring common carriers and marine terminal operators (MTOs) to share key information with shippers, truckers, and railroads. The Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (OSRA), enacted as… 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 »