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$465,000 In Penalties Collected by FMC

Monday, March 05, 2018
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Federal Maritime Commission has recovered a total of $465,000 in civil penalties through compromise agreements with six non-vessel-operating common carriers.

- penalties of $75,000 and $50,000 for two NVOCCs charged with knowingly and willfully engaging in an arrangement in which the former misrepresented to the carrier party of its service contract that the latter was an affiliate, thereby allowing it to unlawfully access service contract rates

- a penalty of $175,000 for providing service not in accordance with the rates, charges, classifications, rules, and practices contained in a published tariff or authorized non-tariff alternative, misrepresenting certain entities as affiliates in various service contracts, and operating without a qualifying individual for more than a year

- a penalty of $50,000 for knowingly and willfully accepting cargo from one or more ocean transportation intermediaries that did not have a published tariff, bond, or other surety and providing transportation not in accordance with the rates and charges set forth in a published tariff

- a penalty of $115,000 for improperly utilizing rates contained in service contracts limited to certain named shipper accounts for unrelated shipments of cargo and performing services without publishing a tariff showing all active rates and charges

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