Background

The Federal Maritime Commission has recovered $500,000 in civil penalties through compromise agreements with three non-vessel-operating common carriers and four vessel operating carriers.

- a licensed NVOCC paid $25,000 to settle charges that it operated without a qualifying individual for a period in excess of one year

- a logistics company paid $40,000 to settle charges that it operated as an NVOCC without a license or surety bond and without publishing a tariff

- a licensed ocean transportation intermediary paid $85,000 to settle charges that it improperly utilized rates limited to certain named accounts in its service contracts with a carrier

- four carriers jointly paid $350,000 to settle charges that they operated under an agreement that had not been filed with the FMC or become effective under the Shipping Act; provided service not in accordance with the rates, charges, or rules contained in published tariffs or service contracts; and knowingly disclosed and shared information concerning the nature, consignee, or routing of property tendered or delivered to a carrier without consent of the shipper or consignee

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