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Letter of Commissioners Maffei and Bentzel to Great Lakes Governors


Last week, Commissioners Maffei and Bentzel sent letters to the Governors of Great Lakes states urging them to prioritize the vaccination of the maritime workforce to protect the Nation’s supply chain in preparation for the upcoming start to the Great Lakes shipping season when the Soo Locks open on March… Read More »

Statement of Commissioners Maffei and Sola: Op-Ed, Supply Chain Dive


Commissioners Maffei and Sola released the below op-ed, published by Supply Chain Dive on March 2, 2021.  In this piece, the Commissioners urged cooperation to find solutions to the current global congestion crisis. Opinion: Global Cooperation Can Resolve Shipping Industry Woes The word “unprecedented” has almost lost its meaning as… Read More »



STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Commission Issues Proposed Rule on Service Contract Filing Relief The FMC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that, if adopted, will permit ocean carriers to file original service contracts at the agency up to 30 days after going into effect. Maximum Penalty Fees Adjusted The FMC announced… Read More »

Commissioner Maffei Visits Port Newark Container Terminal


On February 24th, Commissioner Daniel B. Maffei visited the Port of New York and New Jersey for a meeting with Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) staff and a tour of the Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT). Commissioner Maffei met with executives from the PANYNJ for Port… Read More »

Commissioner Bentzel Interviewed on CNBC


Commissioner Carl Bentzel appeared on the CNBC show “The Exchange” where he spoke with host Brian Sullivan on the topic of “Why shipping container costs are soaring”. The segment aired on February 10, 2021 and a video of the interview can be viewed at:

Statement by Commissioner Bentzel on the Commission’s Demand Order


I strongly support the FMC moving forward on the information demand orders.  The impact of COVID-19 has clearly taken a toll and disrupted everyday life in our country, and our maritime operations have not been spared.  Today, in the news, it was reported that over 60 large ships lay at… Read More »

Information Demand on Detention & Demurrage Practices to Be Issued


Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye will issue information demand orders to ocean carriers and marine terminal operators (MTOs) to determine if legal obligations related to detention and demurrage practices are being met. The orders are being issued under the authority Commissioner Dye has as the Fact Finding Officer for Fact Finding… Read More »