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Refinery Company Complains to FMC About Excess Wharfage Fees in Texas

Thursday, November 03, 2011
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

A company operating a petroleum refinery at two locations along the Corpus Christi Ship Channel in Texas has filed a complaint with the Federal Maritime Commission alleging that the local port authority has been charging the company wharfage and other fees that are “excessive and not reasonably related to the value of services rendered.” The company alleges that through these charges it has been “forced to subsidize costs associated with services provided to other users of port facilities.” The complainant has asked the FMC to order a halt to the offending practices and to direct the port authority to pay reparations, including the amount of the actual injury. The FMC’s initial decision will be issued by Oct. 29, 2012, and a final decision is due by Feb. 26, 2013.

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