FMC probing anti-retaliation compliance

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The Federal Maritime Commission is asking the top 20 shipping lines calling the United States to provide information on how they are adapting to the increased prohibitions on retaliatory and discriminatory behaviour under the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022. The The FMC’s Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (VOCC) Audit Team will specifically focus on how companies are training personnel at all levels to act legally, and how those same employees are being made aware of the consequences for violating the law. The examination began earlier this week via correspondence and all recipients will have until mid-January to provide their initial responses. Additionally, the VOCC Audit Team will discuss this topic in person and in deeper detail with the 11 largest carriers participating in the next round of meetings through the VOCC Audit Program.

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