CSCL Settles with FMC for $440,000

CSCL Settles with FMC for $440,000

China Shipping Container Line agreed to pay the Federal Maritime Commission $440,000 to settle alleged violations of the Shipping Act going back four years, the commission announced on Tuesday.

CSCL allegedly provided transportation for intermediaries without tariffs, licenses or bonds, mis-described cargo, and charged shippers below-tariff rates, the FMC said. The agency said the number of instances was in the thousands.

The case was the largest of four settlements the FMC announced on Tuesday. All told, carriers and intermediaries regulated by the FMC paid $625,000 in settlements. In settling, the parties pay penalties but do not admit violations of the law.

In the other cases, ATI USA, a non-vessel-operating common carrier in Elizabeth, N.J., agreed to pay $115,000 to settle allegations of undercharging, obtaining ocean transportation at less than applicable rates and mis-declaring the size of motor vehicles being shipped.

MT Global Freight Solutions, a Grapevine, Texas, NVO, paid $35,000 to settle allegations of improper access to ocean service contracts and charging below tariff rates.

Cosa Freight, a Pomona, Calif., NVO, also paid $35,000 to settle allegations of improper access to ocean service contracts and charging below tariff rates.

Contact R.G. Edmonson at bedmonson@joc.com.