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FMC Seeking Comments on Carrier Automated Tariffs

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The Federal Maritime Commission is seeking public comment to determine if changes are needed to existing regulations on carrier automated tariffs, which are publicly available systems containing common carrier rates, charges, classifications, rules, and practices.

The Commission is responsible for establishing requirements for accuracy and accessibility of these systems. Noting that tariff access fees vary widely, the Commission is asking for information on the reasonableness of charges for accessing tariffs.

Additionally, the Commission is seeking comment on practices related to non-vessel-operating common carriers passing carrier charges through to shippers, commonly known as “pass-through” charges.

The Commission issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking this week requesting comments by June 7, 2021.  Comments are to be submitted to secretary@fmc.gov.