The Federal Maritime Commission: A Small Agency with a Large Mandate
Webinar 1 CCS/CES Credits
The FMC regulates ocean liner transport to and from the United States. One of its primary tasks is to protect the shipping public by licensing and regulating vessel-operating common carriers and ocean transportation intermediaries, which are commonly known as ocean freight forwarders and non-vessel operating common carriers. This one-hour webinar provides an overview of the FMC and the laws, rules and regulations it enforces, particularly those pertinent to the operations of OFFs and NVOCCs, the entities that importers and exporters deal with on a regular basis.
- differences between OFFs and NVOCCs
- the role of OFFs and NVOCCs in international shipping and what they can and cannot do as licensed OTIs
- penalties for license violations
- the FMC’s mechanism for dispute resolution
- interactions between the FMC and other federal agencies
Peggy Chaplin Louie is a member of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the Washington, D.C., office. She represents clients on international shipping issues before the FMC, including by filing license applications for OFFs and NVOCCs and representing shippers and OTIs in administrative actions. Her practice also focuses on import and export regulation, including negotiating and structuring international commercial transactions to minimize duties and taxes and comply with federal regulations administered by agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Industry and Security, the International Trade Administration and the Office of Foreign Assets Control.