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FMC Seeks Public Comments on its FY 2022-2026 Strategic Planning

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The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) invites comments on its Proposed FY 2022-2026 Strategic Goals and Stewardship Objective, which were released today.  Comments on the Commission’s Proposed Strategic Goals and Objective must be submitted on or before January 31, 2022. Under this proposal, the FMC’s two Strategic Goals have added new objectives and performance measures to better measure new reporting… 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, 2022, 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 increase… Read More »

FMC Policy Statements Provide Guidance on Complaints Process

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Three policy statements issued today provide new guidance to shippers and others on bringing private party complaints at the Federal Maritime Commission, addressing barriers identified by the trade community as disincentives to filing actions at the agency. These policy statements were proposed by Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye in a set… Read More »

NOVEMBER 2021 ACTIVITY REPORT

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STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS New Supply Chain Initiatives Announced at FMC Meeting Six Supply Chain Innovation Teams are being convened by Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye to identify and implement improvements to the process and timing of return and delivery of containers to marine terminals. FMC Effort Will Examine How Data Can… Read More »

FMC Hires New Secretary

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Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Daniel B. Maffei today announced the hiring of William “Bill” Cody to serve as the agency’s Secretary. Mr. Cody has more than 20 years of extensive legal and administrative experience at the federal and state government levels as well as in the private sector. He most… Read More »

Temporary Revision to PierPass to Take Effect

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The Commission granted a request for expedited review of this amendment to the West Coast MTO Agreement, under which authority the PierPass program was established. The Federal Maritime Commission is permitting a temporary revision to the PierPass program to go into effect, allowing “off-peak” users of marine terminal gates at… Read More »

New Supply Chain Initiatives Announced at FMC Meeting

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Six Supply Chain Innovation Teams are being convened by Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye to identify and implement improvements to the process and timing of return and delivery of containers to marine terminals. This announcement came at a Tuesday meeting of the Federal Maritime Commission where briefings were provided on topics… Read More »

FMC Effort Will Examine How Data Can Improve Ocean Cargo Velocity

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Identifying data constraints that impede the flow of ocean cargo and add to supply chain inefficiencies will be the focus of a new Federal Maritime Commission effort to be spearheaded by Commissioner Carl W. Bentzel.  This effort will be critical to pinpointing how data can contribute to the long-term reliability of the domestic cargo… Read More »

OCTOBER 2021 ACTIVITY REPORT

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STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS FMC Holds First Meeting of the National Shipper Advisory Committee Individuals who represent companies importing and exporting cargo to and from the United States gathered virtually Wednesday for the inaugural meeting of the Federal Maritime Commission’s National Shipper Advisory Committee. Registration for First meeting of the National… Read More »