The Federal Maritime Commission has announced that a final rule updating and modernizing its regulations on service contracts and non-vessel-operating common carrier service arrangements will take effect May 5. Under this rule, which will be published April 4 in the Federal Register, service contract and NSA amendments may become effective up to 30 days before being filed with the FMC. This rule also extends the period for correcting technical data transmission errors from 48 hours to 30 days and the period for filing a service contract correction request from 45 days to 180 days.

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