The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) amends its regulations governing service contracts to eliminate the requirement that ocean carriers publish a concise statement of essential terms with each service contract. The rule will reduce regulatory burden.
Investigation Into Conditions Created by Canadian Ballast Water Regulations in the U.S./Canada Great Lakes Trade
The Federal Maritime Commission has initiated an investigation into the allegations made in a petition filed by the Lake Carriers' Association that conditions created by the Government of Canada are unfavorable to shipping in the United States/Canada trade.
Interpretive Rule on Demurrage and Detention Under the Shipping Act
The Federal Maritime Commission is clarifying its interpretation of the Shipping Act prohibition against failing to establish, observe, and enforce just and reasonable regulations and practices relating to or connected with receiving, handling, storing, or delivering property with respect to demurrage and detention. Specifically, the Commission is providing guidance as to what it may consider in assessing whether a demurrage or detention practice is unjust or unreasonable.
Procedures for Exemption From Service Contract Regulatory Requirements
The Federal Maritime Commission is revising its procedures for exemptions from the regulatory requirements for service contracts to allow such exemptions to be granted without providing an opportunity for a hearing.
Agency Information Collection Activities: 60-Day Public Comment Request
As part of our continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) invites comments on the continuing information collection (an extension with changes) listed below in this notice.
Regulatory Amendments Implementing the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018
The Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) is revising its regulations to implement the provisions of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018. The proposed revisions include amendments to the regulations governing: Commission meetings; ocean transportation intermediary licensing, financial responsibility, and general duties, and the submission of public comments on ocean common carrier and marine terminal operator agreements. The revisions also include miscellaneous updates to the references to statutory provisions reorganized by the LoBiondo Act.
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) proposes to amend its rules governing Service Contracts. The proposed rule is intended to reduce regulatory burden.
Hearing Procedures Governing the Denial, Revocation, or Suspension of an OTI License
The Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) is modifying the hearing procedures governing the denial, revocation, or suspension of an ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) license. The revised hearing procedures align more with other Commission hearing procedures, ensure a more streamlined process, and fulfill the need for more detailed procedural requirements.
Inflation Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties
The Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) is publishing this final rule to adjust for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the Commission, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act). The 2015 Act requires that agencies adjust and publish their civil penalties by January 15 each year.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) hereby gives notice that it has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request for an reinstatement of the existing collection requirements under 46 CFR part 535Ocean Common Carrier and Marine Terminal Operator Agreements Subject to the Shipping Act of 1984.
Agency Information Collection Activites; Information Collection Request
The Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) is giving public notice that the agency has submitted a revision to the information collection described in this notice, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. The public is invited to comment on the revised information collection pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.