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Filing Complaints and Agreements with FMC to be More Expensive

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Federal Maritime Commission has issued a final rule that, effective Oct. 1, will adjust its user fees as follows.

- increase fees for filing complaints and certain petitions; records searches, document copying, and admissions to practice; paper filing of ocean transportation intermediary applications; filing applications for special permission; and filing agreements

- lower fees for reviewing Freedom of Information Act requests, revising clerical errors on service contracts and non-vessel-operating common carrier service agreements, and providing FMC services to passenger vessel operators

- eliminate fees for adding interested parties to a specific docket mailing list, obtaining a copy of the Regulated Persons Index (which is available online), obtaining database reports on effective carrier agreements, and filing petitions for rulemaking

- add a fee for processing requests for expedited review of agreement filings

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