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FMC Expands Insight into Carrier Alliance Operations

May 8, 2022, 23:00 PM by Luke Zimmer
The Federal Maritime Commission will now require the three global ocean carrier alliances (2M, OCEAN, and THE) and each of their member companies to provide enhanced pricing and capacity information which will provide the agency with uniform data to use in assessing ocean carrier behavior and marketplace competitiveness.
The Federal Maritime Commission will now require the three global ocean carrier alliances (2M, OCEAN, and THE) and each of their member companies to provide enhanced pricing and capacity information which will provide the agency with uniform data to use in assessing ocean carrier behavior and marketplace competitiveness.

The newly mandated information will specifically provide the Commission’s Bureau of Trade Analysis (BTA) with insight into pricing of individual trade lanes and by container and service type. It will also offer the FMC more immediate information regarding capacity management decisions of ocean carriers and alliances.

“The changes are the result of a year-long examination by BTA to determine the data needed to properly analyze carrier behavior and marketplace trends. Under the new requirements, carriers participating in an alliance will need to submit pricing information about cargo they move on the major trade lanes, and both carriers and alliances will be mandated to submit comprehensive information related to capacity management,” the FMC said in a May 5 press release.

According to the FMC, the three ocean carrier alliances are already subject to the “most frequent and stringent monitoring requirements” of any type of agreement on file at the commission. Information already collected includes detailed operational data, minutes from meetings among agreement principals, and regularly scheduled meetings with agreement parties where FMC staff address issues of concern.

The FMC assesses its reporting requirements on a continuous basis and adjusts the information it requires ocean carriers and alliances to file as circumstances and business practices change. “Additional changes to requirements will be issued as warranted,” the agency said.