MTOs, Carriers Working to Mitigate COVID-19 Impacts

In March the Federal Maritime Commission formed supply chain innovation teams as part of an initiative to address port congestion and related challenges in the U.S. freight delivery system related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FMC reported recently that one of the early findings of these teams is that marine terminal operators will be better able to manage cargo flows if shippers identify (1) shipments that contain personal protective equipment (as these shipments must move first and MTOs need to know which containers to prioritize), (2) containers that shippers want to accept and can be prepared to be picked up, and (3) containers that shippers are not able to accept or pick up.

In addition, senior U.S.-based executives for each container shipping company involved in a carrier alliance have committed in discussions with the FMC to working with their MTOs to eliminate or change practices that undermine supply chain performance at this time. They have also committed to examining their own processes and procedures to identify what improvements they can make.

Finally, carriers, MTOs, and port authorities are offering a variety of container storage options for shippers whose supply chains have been disrupted. The FMC said this is “just one example of how supply chain participants can move quickly to address trends before they become problematic.”

OTI License Applications

The Federal Maritime Commission has given notice that the following have filed applications (a) for ocean transportation intermediary licenses as non-vessel operating common carriers and/or ocean freight forwarders or (b) to amend an existing OTI license or the qualifying individual for a licensee.

- A Logistics LLC, Bend, OR (new OFF license)

- AAA Cooper Transportation, Dothan, AL (QI change)

- APL Logistics International Services Ltd., Scottsdale, AZ (additional QI)

- Argos Group Inc., Jamaica, NY (QI change)

- Bluebird Express LLC, Valley Stream, NY (new OFF license)

- Dux Forwarding Corporation, Miami, FL (new NVO and OFF license)

- Export Express Corp., Miami, FL (new OFF license)

- FA Logistics Inc., West Covina, CA (new NVO and OFF license)

- Freightlead LLC, Kearny, NJ (adding trade name BEEONTRADE)

- Kinghood International Logistics Inc., La Mirada, CA (QI change)

- Light Cone Logistics Inc., Jamaica, NY (new NVO license)

- Lion Ocean LLC, Cooper City, FL (new NVO license)

- Rohlig USA LLC, Elk Grove Village, IL (QI change)

- Stevens Forwarders Inc. dba Stevens International dba Stevens International Forwarders, Saginaw, MI (QI change)

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