Public - Federal Maritime Commission - Federal Maritime Commission
US Flag iconThis site is an official U.S. Government Website.


The Federal Maritime Commission is the federal agency responsible for regulating the nation’s international ocean transportation for the benefit of exporters, importers, and the American consumer. The FMC’s mission is to ensure a competitive and reliable international ocean transportation supply system that supports the U.S. economy and protects the public from unfair and deceptive practices.

Household Goods Shippers 

A household goods move involves individual consumers sending their own household goods or personal property overseas from the U.S. for relocation or return to the U.S. from abroad. It also can involve shipping goods to relatives or associates overseas.

Making an international move or shipping household goods?

Shipping small packages in boxes or barrels overseas?

Shipping your vehicle overseas?

Sending cargo shipments internationally?

Cruise Passengers

The FMC has limited jurisdiction over cruise vessels and operators but safeguards evidence of cruise line operators’ financial responsibility for passengers.

Need help with a cruise line problem?

Members of the public and the press can find out about the latest from FMC, including:

Leadership bios can be found on each of the Commissioner’s webpages. For an overview of our agency, view our organizational chart. For further information, please contact us.