BAX Global Inc. told the Federal Maritime Commission that the agency has received enough requests, information and comments to decide whether non-vessel-operating common carriers should be exempt from federal Ocean Shipping Reform Act provisions that require them to file and maintain tariffs.
Instead of deciding each case, BAX said, the FMC should consolidate all individual exemption requests into a single rule-making.
"BAX believes the endgame has arrived, the record is complete and the commission must act promptly," BAX told the FMC on Feb. 13. The comments were part of a consolidated statement referring to requests to the FMC by two other companies to be granted exemptions, Danzas AEI Ocean Services (referred to as DHL) and BDP International.
"BAX believes that it is evident from the comments received in all pending petitions (plus the recent filings by DHL and BDP) that consolidating individual exemption requests in an overall rulemaking is the best method for further consideration of all issues raised," BAX said.
BAX Global filed its own petition with the FMC, as has UPS and at least five other NVOs.