Penalties Increased. Effective Jan. 15 the Federal Maritime Commission is increasing for inflation the maximum civil monetary penalty amounts for the following regulatory or statutory violations.

- adverse impact on U.S. carriers by foreign shipping practices: from to $2,103,861 to $2,140,973

- violation of 1984 Shipping Act or FMC regulation or order issued thereunder: from $60,039 to $61,098 for knowing and willful violations and from $12,007 to $12,219 for others

- operating in foreign commerce after tariff suspension: from $120,079 to $122,197

- failure to provide required reports: from $9,472 to $9,639

- adverse shipping conditions: from $1,894,261 to $1,927,676

- operating after tariff or service contract suspension: from $94,713 to $96,384

- failure to establish financial responsibility for non-performance of transportation or death or injury: from $23,924 to $24,346

- making false claims or giving false statements in violation of Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act: from $11,463 to $11,665

OTI License Applicants. The FMC has provided notice that the following have filed applications (a) for ocean transportation intermediary licenses as NVOCCs and/or ocean freight forwarders or (b) to amend an existing OTI license or the qualifying individual for a licensee.

- A & N Logistics Inc., Hollis, NY (new OFF license)

- Able Freight Services Inc., Los Angeles, CA (business structure change)

- Afex Logistics LLC, La Palma, CA (new OFF license)

- Air Sea Transport (Chicago) Inc., Bensenville, IL (QI change)

- Dennys Cargo Express Inc., Miami, FL (additional QI)

- ECS Universal Inc., San Clemente, CA (new NVO and OFF license)

- Enlog Strategic Services LLC dba Alara Logistics, Humble, TX (QI change)

- Forex Illinois Inc., Wood Dale, IL (QI change)

- Geoz Global LLC dba Geoz Global Ocean, Gilbert, AZ (new NVO and OFF license)

- Lineage Freight Management LLC, Irvine, CA (new NVO and OFF license)

- Logiworld, LLC dba Bruno Forwarding, Pembroke, MA (removal of trade name Bruno Forwarding)

- Murphy Shipping & Commercial Services Inc., The Woodlands, TX (QI change)

- Services Inc., Midvale, UT (new OFF license)

- PNJ Logistics Inc., Irwindale, CA (new NVO and OFF license)

- Renobuild International Inc., Houston, TX (new NVO and OFF license)

- RSTL International Corp., Arcadia, CA (new NVO and OFF license)

- Ryan Morrok dba SBR Service By Ryan, National City, CA (new NVO and OFF license)

- Silken Logistics Corporation, Los Angeles, CA (license transfer to Silken Fortress Corporation)

- Skyocean Inc., Gardena, CA (QI change)

- TQL Global LLC, Cincinnati, OH (QI change)

- Transborder International LLC, Doral, FL ((new NVO and OFF license)

- Transformers Network Inc. dba T.Network, Irwindale, CA (adding OFF services)

- Venezuela Cargo Brokers VCB C.A., Caracas, Venezuela (new NVO license)

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