Background

The Federal Maritime Commission has received complaints from U.S. cargo owners claiming that some ocean carriers are unilaterally changing service contract terms by cancelling the port/container yard to final customer destination leg of the cargo shipment, allegedly due to lack of inland truck availability. The FMC’s Bureau of Enforcement has initiated an expedited inquiry to seek information that will help the Commission understand the timing, fairness, and lawfulness of the alleged changes to ocean carriers’ obligations for inland trucking services. Letters were sent April 20 to those shipping lines whose actions have been called into question, which are expected to provide their responses within 30 days.

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