FMC issues guidance for submitting charge complaints under Ocean Shipping Reform Act

The US Federal Maritime Commission has issued guidance for parties wishing to dispute charges assessed by common carriers that they believe may not comply with the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022, which became Public Law 117-146 on June 16.

Shippers with charge complaints can send information to the FMC by email and the Commission will initiate an investigation, “which could ultimately result in a civil penalty and order for a refund of charges paid,” according to a statement.

Complainants must ensure that the disputed charge was incurred on or after the enactment of P.L. 117-146 and provide relevant details including supporting documentation.

Kim Biggar

Kim Biggar started writing in the supply chain sector in 2000, when she joined the Canadian Association of Supply Chain & Logistics Management. In 2004/2005, she was project manager for the Government of Canada-funded Canadian Logistics Skills Committee, which led to her 13-year role as communications manager of the Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council. A longtime freelance writer, Kim has contributed to publications including The Forwarder, 3PL Americas, The Shipper Advocate and Supply Chain Canada.


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