The Federal Maritime Commission met Sept. 19 to review work on key initiatives the agency will work on in the coming year, including continuing to address detention and demurrage practices, achieving further regulatory reform, and evaluating regulatory priorities following a petition from shipping lines seeking an exemption from certain filing requirements.

Commissioner Rebecca Dye, who is leading the “Fact Finding 28” investigation into the detention and demurrage practices of ocean carriers and marine terminal operators, provided a public briefing on the interim report she submitted to the Commission Sept. 5. Dye said she will explore six key questions between now and the Dec. 2 final report deadline, including through conversations and interviews to be carried out in the coming weeks.

The FMC also received an update on the work of the Regulatory Reform Initiative taskforce following the promulgation in December 2017 of a final rule simplifying the requirements for using NVOCC service agreements and negotiated rate arrangements. Additionally, the FMC discussed the recently received petition from the World Shipping Council requesting relief from the service contract filing and essential terms publication requirements. Public comment on this petition closes Nov. 19.

According to the FMC, other regulatory reform efforts underway include a review of FMC rules concerning ocean transportation intermediary licensing and ocean common carrier and marine terminal operator agreements.

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