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First post-OSRA shipper invoicing complaint snags Flexport

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Oct 3, 2022, 4:06 PM EDT

An Indiana-based shipper alleges it tried to resolve incomplete invoice issues directly with Flexport, but says the NVO failed to provide necessary information and withheld additional containers.
Transport, trade and regulation

FMC’s Maffei warns of increased Congressional scrutiny on IEPs, rails

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Sep 28, 2022, 2:37 PM EDT

With US maritime reform now on the books, the head of the FMC says Congress is paying close attention to the end-to-end supply chain beyond ocean carriers.
Transport, trade and regulation

FMC’s Bentzel wants agency to harmonize container tracking

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Sep 26, 2022, 1:09 PM EDT

While US ports would operate their own data system through the FMC’s Marine Transportation Data Initiative, the agency would standardize what data needs to be shared and when.
Transport, trade and regulation

MSC disputes judge’s handling of FMC complaint

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Sep 23, 2022, 2:37 PM EDT

Mediterranean Shipping Co. maintains it cannot produce discovery in an FMC complaint stemming back to July 2021 because of Swiss law and is now disputing a judge’s determination to issue default judgment.
Transport, trade and regulation

Ten more shippers pledge to use zero-carbon vessels by 2040

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Sep 22, 2022, 10:09 AM EDT

Sustainability ambitions from the world’s largest cargo owners are ramping up pressure on carriers to accelerate their transition to zero-carbon fuels or risk losing high-volume business in the coming decades.
Transport, trade and regulation

FMC investigating nearly 50 charge complaints against carriers, NVOs

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Sep 21, 2022, 4:54 PM EDT

Half of the complaints are under investigation by the FMC while the other half of submissions were denied for timing, insufficient information, or misalignment with the complaint process.
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FMC emergency order unnecessary despite ‘severe’ congestion: container lines

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Sep 20, 2022, 12:01 PM EDT

A majority of respondents support the FMC emergency data sharing order, but container lines and other groups believe port congestion is improving and, therefore, does constitute an "emergency."
Transport, trade and regulation

Demurrage pains show spirit of OSRA-22 not matching intent

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Sep 19, 2022, 4:02 PM EDT

A new data element mandated by the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 in June hasn’t changed the score for importers that struggle with the pressure of retrieving containers while disputing demurrage charges.
Transport, trade and regulation

FMC receives strong support for emergency order on port congestion

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Sep 16, 2022, 10:17 AM EDT

The FMC’s emergency order on data sharing would seek to alleviate port congestion by requiring more visibility into appointment availability, empty container return times, and terminal closures.
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Industry largely non-compliant with OSRA-22 demurrage invoice mandate

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Sep 9, 2022, 3:13 PM EDT

A mandated “container available” data element related to demurrage fees is largely not being complied with yet as the shipping industry grapples with the immediate implications of OSRA-22.
Transport, trade and regulationLogistics technologyContainer lines

Shipper seeks $600,000 from CMA CGM in latest FMC complaint

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Sep 8, 2022, 10:45 AM EDT

The complaint to the Federal Maritime Commission is the latest made by a shipper against a major carrier following OSRA-22 being signed into law in June.
Transport, trade and regulation

US extends truck driver hours exemption ahead of expected COVID surge

William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Sep 1, 2022, 12:47 PM EDT

The HOS exemption has been extended five times since it was put in place in 2020 by a presidential emergency order, and it has been modified as the pandemic evolved.
Transport, trade and regulationTrucking

FMC complaint alleges Maersk failed to provide contracted vessel capacity

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Sep 1, 2022, 11:24 AM EDT

Rolled cargo complaints have come up several times this year before the FMC after heavy pandemic-induced demand in late 2020 into 2021 overwhelmed available vessel capacity.
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Yang Ming settles FMC complaint with importer

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Aug 23, 2022, 3:20 PM EDT

Yang Ming has been hit twice this year with complaints from importers alleging the carrier failed to honor capacity commitments.
Transport, trade and regulation

FMC seeking shipper input on OSRA-mandated ‘emergency’ review

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Aug 12, 2022, 9:50 AM EDT

While the FMC seeks input over whether to declare an emergency need for information sharing by container lines, the agency’s advisory committee has suggested setting up a parallel carrier group to improve dialogue.
Transport, trade and regulationLogistics technology

FMC begins rulemaking tied to denial of export service

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Aug 4, 2022, 10:25 AM EDT

Maritime regulators are wrestling with how to refine rulemaking on when it is unreasonable for carriers to refuse export bookings, writes JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer lines

FMC seeks ocean carrier input on export, import tonnage reporting

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Aug 3, 2022, 4:38 PM EDT

The call for export and import data comes as small- and medium-sized US agricultural exporters complain that their cargo has been largely ignored by carriers over the past three years.
Transport, trade and regulation

NITL backs proposal repealing antitrust immunity for carriers

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor; Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Aug 1, 2022, 5:22 PM EDT

Despite the FMC finding there was no collusion among ocean shipping alliances causing elevated freight rates, NITL believes there are still concerns about the industry that new antitrust legislation could address.
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FMC reorganizes enforcement duties in aftermath of OSRA-22

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jul 29, 2022, 3:09 PM EDT

The reorganization within the FMC comes as the agency steps up its enforcement and compliance activities in the wake of US shipping reform.
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Shipper seeks FMC intervention after $3 million in D&D charges

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jul 28, 2022, 4:35 PM EDT

The complaint brought by a New York-based food importer is the latest in a string of detention and demurrage cases the FMC has investigated of late.
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