FMC expedites inquiry on ocean carrier surcharges

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The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has expedited an inquiry into the timing and legal sufficiency of ocean carrier practices with respect to certain surcharges. Eight ocean carriers have been asked to provide the FMC’s Bureau of Enforcement with details about their congestion surcharges and any related charges. The inquiry gives the carriers until next Friday to provide evidence that their surcharges were put in place in compliance with FMC’s regulatory requirements. The Commission will charges were implemented following proper notice; if the purpose of the surcharge was clearly defined; if it is clear what event or condition triggers the surcharge; and is it clear what event or condition has been identified that would terminate the surcharge. The Commission can initiate enforcement actions for improperly established tariffs.

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