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$430,000 in Penalties to Settle Charges of Maritime Violations

Friday, June 12, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Federal Maritime Commission has accepted the following seven compromise agreements recovering a total of $430,000 in civil penalties for alleged violations of the Shipping Act.

• A licensed non-vessel-operating common carrier and freight forwarder located in Florida paid $105,000 to settle charges that it knowingly and willfully remitted monetary compensation to the transportation manager of its largest shipper-customer.

• A licensed and bonded NVOCC and freight forwarder based in California paid $75,000 to settle charges that it obtained transportation at less than applicable rates by means of accessing service contracts to which it was not a party and provided transportation other than in accordance with the rates and charges in its published tariff.

• A licensed and bonded NVOCC and freight forwarder located in New Jersey paid $75,000 to settle charges that it knowingly and willfully obtained transportation at less than applicable rates by means of improperly allowing third parties to access services contracts to which the company was the contract signatory and by misdescribing commodities under certain service contracts.

• A tariffed and bonded NVOCC located in China paid $65,000 to settle charges that it knowingly and willfully obtained transportation at less than applicable rates by misrepresenting the names of shipper accounts under certain service contracts and provided transportation other than in accordance with the rates and charges in its published tariff.

• A tariffed and bonded NVOCC and freight forwarder based in China paid $50,000 to settle charges that it unlawfully obtained transportation at less than applicable rates by means of accessing service contracts to which it was not a party and provided transportation other than in accordance with the rates and charges in its published tariff.

• A licensed NVOCC based in California paid $35,000 to settle charges that it unlawfully obtained transportation at less than applicable rates by means of misdescribing commodities and misdeclaring the names of shipper accounts under certain service contracts.

• A licensed and bonded freight forwarder located in Texas paid $25,000 to settle charges that it continued operating as an ocean transportation intermediary without a valid qualifying individual for more than one year.

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