Background

The Federal Maritime Commission is giving eight ocean carriers until Aug. 13 to provide details confirming that any congestion or related surcharges they have imposed were instituted properly and in accordance with legal and regulatory obligations.

Carriers are subject to specific requirements related to tariff changes or rate increases, including providing a 30-day notice to shippers and ensuring that published tariffs are clear and definite. However, the FMC said it has heard from multiple parties that ocean carriers are improperly implementing surcharges. If it finds this to be the case, the FMC can initiate enforcement actions against the carriers.

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg is offering clients the opportunity to participate in a grassroots advocacy campaign seeking to address these surcharges and related issues. For more information on participating in this campaign, please contact Ned Steiner at (202) 730-4970 or via email.

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