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May 2022 Activity Report


STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS New Monitoring Requirements Give FMC More Insight into Alliance Carrier Operations The three global ocean carrier alliances (2M, OCEAN, and THE) and each of their member companies will now be required to provide enhanced pricing and capacity information, providing the Federal Maritime Commission with uniform data to… Read More »

Updated: FMC has Completed Conducting Server and Application Maintenance


Updated June 27, 2022 (Originally Posted June 13, 2022) The Federal Maritime Commission has completed conducting server maintenance on the following systems which are now accessible to the public: Common Carrier Tariff and MTO Schedule Registration Automated Form FMC-1 Application for License as an Ocean Transportation Intermediary Automated Form FMC-18 E-Monitoring… Read More »

Industry Advisory — Applicability of Provisions Contained in PL 117-146


On June 16, 2022, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 became Public Law 117-146. Certain provisions of the statute became effective immediately upon enactment with no allowance for a phase-in period. Regulated entities must comply with all relevant statutory requirements. An opinion of the General Counsel on this issue… Read More »

Meeting of the Federal Maritime Commission – June 22, 2022


Authority: 46 U.S.C. § 46103(c); 46 C.F.R. § 503.84. The meeting commenced at 11:03 a.m. and recessed at 12:32 p.m. All individuals present at the briefing were Commissioners or Commission employees: Chairman Daniel B. Maffei, Commissioner Rebecca F. Dye, Commissioner Carl W. Bentzel, Commissioner Louis E. Sola, Commissioner Max Vekich, Katharine… Read More »

Former Chairman Michael A. Khouri Awarded FMC Gold Medal


The Federal Maritime Commission recognized the leadership and contributions of former Chairman and Commissioner Michael A. Khouri by awarding him a Gold Medal and Citation at its May 2022 Commission meeting. During his tenure on the Commission, Mr. Khouri had a meaningful impact in many ways, including leading Fact Finding… Read More »

FMC Approves $2 Million Settlement Agreement with Hapag-Lloyd


The Federal Maritime Commission today approved a settlement agreement reached between its Bureau of Enforcement (BoE) and Hapag-Lloyd AG (Hapag-Lloyd) where the ocean carrier will pay a $2 million civil penalty to address alleged violations related to their detention and demurrage practices. “To restore full confidence in our ocean freight… Read More »



STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS FMC Launches Instructional Video on How to File Complaints A newly published multimedia presentation provides instruction on options the public has to bring complaints at the Federal Maritime Commission, ranging from reporting information that may trigger an investigation to initiating formal civil litigation that can provide wronged… Read More »

FMC Receives Fact Finding 29 Final Recommendations & Intermodal Equipment Report


The Federal Maritime Commission met in open session Wednesday to receive updates on: Fact Finding 29, International Ocean Transportation Supply Chain Engagement; Assessment of the People’s Republic of China’s Control of Container and Intermodal Chassis Manufacturing; the Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (VOCC) Audit Program; and, a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on… Read More »

Commission Meeting Scheduled for May 18, 2022


SUNSHINE ACT MEETING TIME AND DATE: May 18, 2022; 10:00 a.m.   PLACE: This meeting will be held at the Federal Maritime Commission at the address below and also streamed live at the Commission’s YouTube Channel.  800 N. Capitol Street, NW   1st Floor Hearing Room   Washington, DC    STATUS: Part of the… Read More »