The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission today requested more information from the G6 Alliance of ocean carriers on their plans to share vessel space and cooperate more closely on trade routes between Asia and the U.S. West Coast and between Europe and the U.S. East Coast.
The request, announced by FMC Commissioner William P Doyle, has stopped the 45-day regulatory waiting period for the G6 Alliance to get the go-ahead to extend their existing partnership on the Asia-U.S. East Coast route to the trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trades.
The G6 carriers — APL, Hapag-Lloyd, Hyundai Merchant Marine, MOL, NYK and OOCL — were due to get the regulatory go-ahead tomorrow, January 16, 45 days after they filed to amend their current agreement with the FMC.
A new 45-day waiting period will begin after the G6 carriers have submitted responses to the request for additional information. The carriers can take as long as they want to respond.
“I have reviewed the proposed G6 amendment and agree with the questions proposed by the Commission, “Doyle said.
“I also submitted questions related to the impact this amendment would have on consumers, the U.S.-flag international fleet, small businesses and third party interests such as terminals, vendors and bunker suppliers.”
The FMC earlier called for more information from the proposed P3 Network between Maersk Line, Mediterranean Shipping Co. and CMA CGM on trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic trades.