Lawsuit Filed Alleging Overcharges and Restrictions For Chassis at Ports and Inland Terminals

The American Trucking Associations’ Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference (IMCC)recently filed a lawsuit against the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OECMA) and 10 international ocean carriers.

The suit alleges the defendants illegally colluded to manipulate the intermodal chassis market at dozens of ports across the country.

Filed with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the lawsuit seeks up to $1.8 billion in damages.

In the complaint, IMCC alleges OCEMA denies choice by trucking companies in leasing chassis.

The complaint further contends OCEMA forces trucking companies to pay unjust and unreasonable prices.

The lawsuit comes after months of unsuccessful negotiation between the two parties.

FMC stated it will make a final decision on the case by March 10, 2022.

This article comes from U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sept. 17, 2020, Grain Transportation Report.

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