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$338,000 in Penalties for Cargo Shipping Violations

Monday, October 03, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Federal Maritime Commission announced Sept. 29 that it has completed compromise agreements recovering a total of $338,000 in civil penalties from one vessel-operating common carrier and six ocean transportation intermediaries.

- A tariffed and bonded non-vessel-operating common carrier registered with the FMC paid $100,000 to settle charges that it improperly utilized rates and charges limited to specific named accounts in its service contracts and provided transportation that was not in accordance with the rates and charges published in its NVOCC tariff.

- A registered NVOCC paid $90,000 to settle charges that it improperly utilized rates

limited to certain named accounts in one of its service contracts and provided transportation in the liner trade that was not in accordance with the rates and charges contained in its NVOCC tariff.

- A VOCC paid $50,000 to settle charges that it provided service to its shipper customers pursuant to rates and charges in various service contracts and corresponding amendments that were not timely filed with the FMC.

- A licensed OTI paid $32,500 to settle allegations that it knowingly and willfully accepted cargo for ocean transportation from unlicensed NVOCCs and also provided transportation that was not in accordance with the rates and charges set forth in its NVOCC tariff.

- A licensed and bonded NVOCC and ocean freight forwarder located paid $22,500 to settle allegations that it operated without a valid qualifying individual for more than a year.

- A licensed and bonded NVOCC and ocean freight forwarder paid $22,000 to settle allegations that it continued operating without a valid QI for more than a year.

- A licensed and bonded ocean freight forwarder paid $21,000 to settle charges that it operated without a QI for more than a year.

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