Background

The Federal Maritime Commission is expanding an existing investigation to determine if ocean carriers are employing illegal policies and practices related to detention and demurrage, container return, and container availability for U.S. export cargoes at the ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach and New York/New Jersey. An FMC order said such policies and practices “are having an unprecedented negative impact on congestion and amplifying bottlenecks at these ports and other points in the Nation’s supply chain,” which presents “a serious risk to the growth of the U.S. economy, job growth, and to our Nation’s competitive position in the world.” Commissioner Rebecca Dye, who is leading the investigation, said the FMC’s order emphasizes that she has “all enforcement options” at her disposal to address the “extreme conditions” that exist at these major port gateways.

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