USDA Grain Transportation Report (5/19): Comments Due June 9 on Proposal to Require Free Access to Ocean Carriers’ Tariff Information

A new notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) seeks public comment, on or before June 9, on whether carriers should be required to post their tariffs online and allow access to this information, free of charge.

Seven of the 10 leading ocean carriers serving the United States already provide this service.

FMC believes requiring universal free tariff publication would benefit trade by giving shippers more pricing information to consider.

In the same NPRM, FMC proposes changing its definition of co-loading to apply only to less-than-container loads.

Furthermore, FMC proposes that documentation for full-container-load shipments be annotated with the names of all non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) associated with the container’s cargo.

Three other proposed changes in the NPRM would allow NVOCCs to cross-reference certain aspects of other carriers’ terms in their tariffs; clarify the ability of NVOCCs to reflect increases in certain charges passed on by other entities without notice; and make other miscellaneous updates and clarifications to current FMC code.

This article comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) May 19, 2022, Grain Transportation Report.