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Complaints flowing in after FMC adjusts submission process

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jul 26, 2022, 4:44 PM EDT

Ten days after the US Federal Maritime Commission told shippers they no longer need to pay a filing fee or retain a lawyer to submit a complaint, shippers have already begun taking advantage of the updated process.
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Trade groups demand EU review carrier anti-trust exemption

Greg Knowler, Senior Europe Editor | Jul 25, 2022, 11:14 AM EDT

Pressure is mounting on European regulators to conduct a review of container shipping’s block exemption from competition law.
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Maersk taps startup partner to offer visibility on forced labor exposure

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Jul 14, 2022, 2:44 PM EDT

A range of US importers are at risk of violating new regulations over the involvement of forced labor in the goods they import, leading Maersk and technology vendor Altana AI to partner in a program to help shippers identify that risk.
Transport, trade and regulationLogistics technology

Shipper pushing back against ‘excessive’ fees in latest FMC complaint

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jul 13, 2022, 10:08 AM EDT

The complaint comes one month after OSRA-22 became law, giving the FMC additional funding to hire more staff to increase monitoring of the container shipping industry.
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California legislators ask Gov. Newsom to exempt truckers from AB5

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jul 11, 2022, 4:16 PM EDT

After three years of appeals failed to stop AB5, California legislators are calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to take any action he can to further delay the worker classification law or exempt truckers from it.
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Hong Kong extends vessel-sharing exemption for carriers, but cuts validity period

Keith Wallis, Special Correspondent | Jul 8, 2022, 3:10 PM EDT

Competition watchdogs in key Asian jurisdictions are extending antitrust exemptions for the vessel-sharing agreements of ocean carriers, but trimming the validity period of those exemptions.
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New House legislation would entice carriers to haul US exports

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jun 29, 2022, 3:42 PM EDT

Hot on the heels of major shipping reform signed into law, two California Congressmen have introduced a bill that would incentivize vessels to carry US ag exports or call multiple US ports.
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OSRA-22 rules on detention, demurrage go into effect

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jun 27, 2022, 3:40 PM EDT

Amid ongoing complaints that shippers can’t move cargo or return empties, new US shipping rules are enforcing when carriers can levy detention and demurrage fees.
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Carriers’ antitrust immunity may be next target of US shipping reform

Peter Tirschwell | Jun 21, 2022, 12:29 PM EDT

The next logical step in reforming US shipping law – the elimination of ocean carriers’ antitrust immunity – was briefly proposed earlier this year, but shot down due to its potential impact on carriers’ ability to operate within alliances.
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FMC ready to hit ground running on OSRA: Maffei

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Jun 17, 2022, 10:38 AM EDT

The head of the Federal Maritime Commission said his agency is ready to enforce new US shipping reform aimed at monitoring carrier behavior around container use charges and export slots.
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Biden signs OSRA-22 shipping reform into law

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jun 16, 2022, 3:51 PM EDT

The White House says US shipping reform will help corral inflation by easing port congestion and more closely monitoring ocean carriers, claims disputed by OSRA-22 opponents.
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US ocean shipping reform heads to Biden after House approval

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Jun 13, 2022, 5:22 PM EDT

President Joe Biden has promised to sign ocean shipping reform legislation, but the bill won’t do anything to address US port and inland congestion or the record freight rates he’s railed against.
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Biden makes final push for OSRA as House vote nears

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jun 10, 2022, 3:55 PM EDT

President Joe Biden visited the Port of Los Angeles to take ocean carriers to task while stumping for final Congressional approval of major US shipping law reform.
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FMC signaling measured approach ahead of OSRA

Mark Szakonyi, Executive Editor | Jun 8, 2022, 11:39 AM EDT

US container shipping regulators are signaling measured moves aimed at providing more structure to commercial exchanges without stepping directly into them, writes JOC Executive Editor Mark Szakonyi.
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FMC needs to expand to increase monitoring, meet OSRA mandates

Teri Errico Griffis, Associate Editor | Jun 6, 2022, 4:42 PM EDT

The Federal Maritime Commission hopes to increase its team to 160 full-time staff to boost enforcement capabilities and deepen its monitoring of shipping alliances.
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Wan Hai pays $850,000 fine to settle FMC detention case

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | May 5, 2022, 2:55 PM EDT

For the second time in two weeks, a container line has been assessed a US civil penalty for collecting detention fees last year when it allegedly did not provide drayage providers with a means to return empty containers.
Transport, trade and regulationMaritimeContainer linesDrayage

Bentzel wants partial FMC oversight over rail demurrage

Ari Ashe, Senior Editor | Apr 28, 2022, 2:34 PM EDT

Federal Maritime Commissioner Carl Bentzel wants the agency to regulate rail storage fees in certain cases when ocean containers cannot be picked up from an intermodal terminal through no fault of the cargo owner.
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Hapag-Lloyd hit with $882,220 US civil penalty over detention charges

Eric Johnson, Senior Technology Editor | Apr 22, 2022, 5:01 PM EDT

The ruling against Hapag-Lloyd could well be a bellwether for future actions against shipping lines relating to what shippers and drayage providers consider unfair assessment of demurrage and detention fees.
Transport, trade and regulationMaritimeContainer lines

Empties vs. exports highlights precarious balancing act for US supply chain

Dustin Braden, Shipper Engagement Manager | Apr 14, 2022, 2:52 PM EDT

The matter of empty containers highlights the dizzying complexity of the modern supply chain, wherein gains for drayage truckers and marine terminals can be interpreted as a loss for exporters.
Transport, trade and regulationContainer lines

FMC members seek per diem relief over Expeditors cyber-attack

Michael Angell, Associate Editor | Apr 14, 2022, 12:10 PM EDT

Two members of the Federal Maritime Commission say ocean carriers need to tread lightly when assessing per diem container fees that are related to the cyber-attack on forwarder Expeditors.
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