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FMC Chairman Addresses Export Container Availability

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Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Michael A. Khouri told an international audience that he takes seriously reports that ocean carriers are not supplying containers to U.S. agricultural exporters at inland locations and the Commission is examining all potential actions it can take in response as a regulatory agency. Chairman Khouri made… Read More »

FMC User Fees Scheduled to Be Revised in January

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The Federal Maritime Commission is updating the fees it charges for services, effective January 27, 2021 barring further action or significant adverse comments. Comments regarding this rule must be filed with the Commission by December 14, 2020. This change is pursuant to Office of Management and Budget directives applying to… Read More »

Commission Meeting Scheduled for December 9, 2020

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SUNSHINE ACT MEETING  FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION AGENDA   STATUS: This meeting will be closed to the public.   DATE AND TIME:  December 9, 2020; 10:00 AM  PLACE:  This meeting will be held by video conference only.   MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED:   CLOSED SESSION Briefing by Commissioner Dye on Fact Finding No. 29  Staff Update on General Prohibitions in… Read More »

OCTOBER 2020 ACTIVITY REPORT

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STATEMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Commission Votes to Initiate Service Contract Filing Regulatory Reform The FMC voted to initiate a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will, if ultimately approved, make permanent the current temporary exemption that allows initial service contracts to be filed at the agency up to 30 days after the… Read More »

Commissioner Louis E. Sola Statement on Expanded Supply Chain Investigation

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Earlier this year, the FMC voted unanimously to finalize the interpretive rule addressing detention and demurrage charges in the hopes of improving the situation on the ground and improving the supply chain.  Unfortunately, months later, we find ourselves facing significant congestion at our Nation’s largest seaports and allegations that parties… Read More »