Recent Federal Maritime Commission Activity


On April 27, 2020, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a press release of immediate interest to the international transportation community granting temporary relief from certain service contract requirements. 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 […]

Federal Maritime Commission’s Proposed Rules and Direct Final Rule Will Have Significant Impact on Carriers and Forwarders


At its meeting on September 26, 2019, the Federal Maritime Commission (“FMC”) issued two proposed rules and a Request for Comments on a Direct Final Rule that may significantly affect ocean transportation intermediaries (“OTIs”), such as vessel operating common carriers (“VOCCs”), non-vessel operating common carriers (“NVOCCs”), and ocean freight forwarders (“OFFs”). These actions will revise […]