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Maritime Commission Updates Strategic Plan, Seeks Input

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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The Federal Maritime Commission is inviting comments through Aug. 30 on its initial draft strategic plan for fiscal years 2014-2018, which replaces and updates the current strategic plan for the period 2010-2015.

The draft plan retains the strategic goals of (1) maintaining an efficient and competitive international ocean transportation system and (2) protecting the public from unlawful, unfair and deceptive ocean transportation practices and resolving shipping disputes. However, the FMC is proposing to change its objective under strategic goal 1 to enhancing efficiency in the trades through the use of asset sharing authority under the Shipping Act of 1984. Progress toward this objective would be measured by the percentage share of U.S. containerized cargo moving on other agreement parties’ vessels in major U.S. trades. Other changes in this draft plan include the addition of the FMC’s 2012 actual performance results to assist in evaluating performance against goals and objectives over the next five years and the addition of language to each objective to clarify how the listed strategies will be used to support those objectives.

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