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Three New FMC Initiatives Assist Shippers, Improve Supply Chain Performance

Jun 20, 2022 by Sarah Geiger
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has established three new initiatives that the agency said will provide enhanced assistance to shippers, continue to improve legal and regulatory compliance of regulated entities, and focus on remedies to supply chain problems.
 
At the direction of FMC Chairman Daniel Maffei, the Commission will:
 
  • Establish a new and permanent International Ocean Shipping Supply Chain Program.
  • Re-establish the Export Rapid Response Team.
  • Take steps necessary for carriers, marine terminal operators, and operating seaports to employ a designated FMC Compliance Officer.
 
Each of these was contained in the Final Recommendations made by FMC Commissioner Rebecca Dye in the Fact Finding 29 Final Report she issued to the Commission in May and issued publicly earlier this month.
 
“Many of the operational frustrations shippers have contended with since July 2020 are tied to historic and sustained cargo volumes overwhelming the capacity of U.S. domestic infrastructure,” the FMC said in a press release. “The need for a dedicated International Ocean Shipping Supply Chain Program grows out of the recognition that there are longstanding, systemic problems and shortcomings in the networks and facilities serving America’s ocean commerce.”
 
The FMC said the International Ocean Shipping Supply Chain Program will allow it to identify where issues exist in the supply chain and offer proposals for steps that can be taken to remedy impediments to the free flow of shipments.
 
“Compliance with Commission regulations and the statutes it administers is not voluntary or discretionary,” the FMC said. “Ocean carriers, marine terminal operators, and operating seaports designating an FMC Compliance Officer who reports directly to the senior-most U.S.-based executive will aid in ensuring industry-wide observance of legal and regulatory requirements.”