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$925,000 In Penalty Payments Collected by FMC

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Federal Maritime Commission has recovered a total of $925,000 in civil penalties through compromise agreements with eight non-vessel-operating common carriers and an unlicensed entity.

- penalties of $90,000 to $150,000 each on five NVOCCs charged with improperly utilizing rates contained in service contracts limited to certain named shipper accounts for unrelated shipments of cargo and providing transportation in the liner trade that was not in accordance with published tariffs

- joint $275,000 penalty on two NVOCCs charged with unlawfully permitting a non-contract party to enjoy the benefits of service contracts contrary to their contracts with the respective ocean common carriers and providing ocean transportation in the liner trade that was not in accordance with their published tariffs

- $30,000 penalty on one company charged with acting as an NVOCC without a license, evidence of financial responsibility, or a published tariff

- $70,000 penalty on a licensed NVOCC charged with 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 that was not in accordance with the rates and charges set forth in its published tariff

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