FMC EXTENDS DATE FOR RULE

FMC EXTENDS DATE FOR RULE

The Federal Maritime Commission agreed to extend the effective date of filing rules for equipment interchange agreements and the comment period in an inquiry concerning marine terminal operator regulations.

At the request of numerous ocean conferences and individual carriers, the agency agreed to give extra time to comply with a rule that outlines procedures for including container and other equipment rental charges in their tariffs.The effective date was May 21. The commission allowed a two-pronged extension: July 20 for equipment interchange agreements applicable in U.S. locations and Aug. 19 for agreements that apply in foreign locations.

In the marine terminal inquiry, the commission extended the due date for comments two weeks, to May 31, at the request of the American Association of Port Authorities.

The inquiry is gathering information and comment on a potential restructuring of marine terminal operator regulations in the areas of tariff filing and terminal conference and interconference discussion agreements.