Federal Maritime Commissioners Urge Ocean Carriers to Carry U.S. Exports

Federal Maritime Commissioners (FMC) Carl W. Bentzel and Daniel B. Maffei sent a letter Dec. 16 to the World Shipping Council (WSC) in support of U.S. exporters.

The commissioners shared FMC’s growing concerns that — in the face of unprecedented import demand — ocean carriers are refusing to carry U.S. exports.

FMC’s concerns were in response to reports from U.S. exporters, USDA, and members of Congress.

The letter cautioned, “In responding to import cargo challenges, ocean carriers should not lose sight of their common carriage obligations to provide service to U.S. exporters.”

Representing the liner shipping industry, WSC works with policymakers and other industry groups with an interest in international transportation.

This article comes from U.S. Department of Agriculture's Jan. 7, 2021, Grain Transportation Report.

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