Walmart, Amazon and Cargill among 24-member new shipper advisory group in the US

Some of the biggest shipper names in the world are on the newly formed National Shipper Advisory Committee created by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in the US, one of many measures American regulators and politicians are taking to try and tackle this year’s extreme supply chain crunch.

The committee is comprised of 24 members, evenly divided between those who export cargo from and those who import cargo to the US. It will advise the FMC on policies relating to the competitiveness, reliability, integrity, and fairness of the international ocean freight delivery system. Executives from the likes of Amazon, Ikea, Walmart, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus are on the advisory group.

“I and the other commissioners need rapid access to the perspectives of importers and exporters on the ground dealing with the realities of ocean shipping every day.  We also need them to meet and help guide our efforts and those outside the FMC to improve the system and make it easier, fairer, and more efficient to American shippers,” said FMC chairman Daniel Maffei.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. Interesting that near monopolies are bleating when their monopolies are threatened. They seem to be proposing socialist ideologies rather than capitalist ones.

    1. I just concluded a 40 plus year working for large container carriers

      The reason why the ocean carrier industry has so few players today is due to its historically low profit margins and extreme volatility.
      These carriers have made meager
      Returns on large capital outlays for the
      Past 40 years . Where was the concern amongst these shippers and importers for the carriers when many
      Carriers were operating at a break even – lose millions each quarter .

      Without the risk taken by the carriers and without the large long term investment in ships and terminals – equipment – the business activity – importing – exporting
      Over the world oceans by Walmart
      Amazon – Cargill – Dreyfus would not exist

      No one complained when rates were
      Losers for the ocean carriers

      Shippers raise their prices when their
      Commodities become scarcer

      From the carriers perspective

      There are no additional available ships to charter – carriers have ordered record number of new large ships

      Those ships and that capacity
      Will probably get online around 2023
      That’s when the space will again match the demand

      For now – if an exporter or imported
      Wants to trade – they need to pay what the prevailing market will bear

      It’s called supply and demand –


      1. Correct. Cargill has been in the industry for rather a long time, even as a major charterer, and must know this.
        Walmart and Amazon are just scalpers.

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