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FMC Recovers $520,000 to Settle Alleged Violations by Forwarders, NVOCCs

Friday, February 19, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Federal Maritime Commission announced Feb. 18 compromise agreements recovering a total of $520,000 in civil penalties to settle charges that four ocean transportation intermediaries and one vessel-operating common carrier committed various violations of the Shipping Act or FMC regulations.

- A carrier providing roll on, roll off services in the carriage of new and used automobile and other rolling stock paid $170,000 after voluntarily disclosing that over an extended time period it operated pursuant to unfiled space charters with other operators of RO-RO vessels or pursuant to agreement amendments that were filed with the FMC but not yet effective.

- An NVOCC paid $135,000 and agreed to cooperate with an ongoing investigation into the transportation activities of other parties to settle charges that it utilized rates limited to certain named accounts in service contracts with a carrier and provided transportation to its customers at rates not in accordance with its NVOCC tariff.

- A licensed and bonded NVOCC paid $100,000 to settle charges that it utilized rates limited to certain named accounts in its service contract with a carrier and provided transportation to its customers at rates not in accordance with its NVOCC tariff.

- A licensed NVOCC and freight forwarder paid $65,000 to settle charges that it improperly obtained access to service contracts to which it was not the contract signatory.

- A licensed NVOCC and freight forwarder paid $50,000 to settle charges that it improperly obtained access to service contracts to which it was not the contract signatory.

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