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FMC Reviewing Information Collections on MTO and Carrier Rates

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Federal Maritime Commission is accepting comments through Dec. 15 on the proposed extension without change of information collections concerning the following.

MTOs. Under the 1984 Shipping Act, a marine terminal operator may make available to the public a schedule of its rates, regulations, and practices, including limitations of liability for cargo loss or damage, pertaining to receiving, delivering, handling, or storing property at its marine terminal. The FMC uses information obtained from Form FMC-1 to determine the organization name and number, home office address, name and telephone number of the firm’s representatives, and the location of MTO’s schedule if it is available to the public.

Carriers. The 1984 Shipping Act requires each common carrier and conference to keep open to public inspection, in an automated tariff system, tariffs showing its rates, charges, classifications, rules, and practices between all ports and points on its own route and on any through transportation route that has been established. In addition, individual carriers or carrier agreements must make available in tariff format certain enumerated essential terms of their service contracts. The FMC uses information obtained from Form FMC-1 to ascertain the location of common carrier and conference tariff publications and to access their provisions regarding rules, rates, charges, and practices.

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