WASHINGTON - The Federal Maritime Commission has submitted a report on its investigation of alleged contract discrimination by Transpacific Stabilization Agreement members to the commission staff for recommendations of further action.
The commission accepted the report by Commissioner Joseph E. Brennan during a closed meeting on Wednesday.
Brennan's report ends a year-long probe into complaints by non-vessel-operating common carriers that TSA members tried to lock-in contracts with shippers before negotiating with NVOs. The carrier group also allegedly discriminated against NVOs through general rate increases and peak-season surcharges that were waived for proprietary cargo owners.
The complaint by the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America and International Association of NVOCCs was filed in May 2002. The commission authorized Brennan to conduct a formal investigation under Section 15 of the Shipping Act of 1984.
- R.G. Edmonson