Update on West Coast Port Congestion Surcharges

The Federal Maritime Commission reports,  the 15 ocean carrier members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement have individually committed to forego imposition of any port congestion surcharges until 2015.

The Federal Maritime Commission has received numerous inquiries regarding congestion surcharges for “labor unrest” as announced in various ocean carriers’ tariff rules required to be published under the Shipping Act and the Commission’s regulations. On November 17, the Commission announced that it was collecting information regarding congestion surcharge rules published in carrier tariffs and undertaking a review. Ocean carriers in the transpacific trades were asked to respond to Commission inquiries  as to the timing and legal sufficiency of the surcharges, and all carriers timely responded.

During the week of November 24, following the Commission’s inquiries, many carriers announced temporary suspension of the surcharge.

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