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November 20, 2017

From the desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe, MM, AMPE

International Association of Maritime and Port Executives

Petition of the Coalition for Fair Port Practices for Rulemaking; Notice of Public Hearing and Request for Comments

The Federal Maritime Commission has filed a notice of hearing and request for comments. The Commission has determined to hold hearings on January 16 and 17, 2018 at 800 North Capitol Street NW., Washington, DC. The hearing will be open for public observation. Request for appearance and comments are due by December 8, 2017 and addressed to: Rachel Dickon, Assistant Secretary, Federal Maritime Commission, 800 North Capitol St. NW., Room 1046, Washington, DC 20573-0001, Email:

The petition arose out of experiences of coalition members—importers, exporters, drayage providers, freight forwarders, customs brokers, and third-party logistics providers—with port congestion that ultimately led to vessel ocean common carrier (VOCC) and marine terminal operator (MTO) assessments of detention, demurrage, and per diem charges. The petition lists events over the preceding five years that led to port congestion including Hurricane Sandy (2012), harsh winter (2013-2014), west coast labor agreement (2014-2015), cargo diversions from west coast to east coast (2015), winter storms (2014-2015), port hiring practices protests—New York/New Jersey (June 2016), and the Hanjin bankruptcy (Fall 2016).

On December 20, 2016, the Commission published a notice in the Federal Register asking interested persons to submit views or arguments in reply to the Petition. The Commission received 115 responses, including comments from Members of Congress, trade and shipper associations representing various interests, individual importers, exporters, Start Printed Page 55105customs brokers, freight forwarders, logistics companies, trucking and drayage companies, VOCCs, port authorities, and MTOs.

The many responses to the Petition illustrate the complexity of issues surrounding ocean container shipping and marine terminal operations. Given the importance of this issue, its complexity, and the public interest indicated by the number and quality of comments submitted in response to the Petition, the Commission will hold public hearings to further explore the issues raised by the Petition and address specific questions. Commentary and answers to these questions will be helpful to the Commission as it determines its next steps with regard to Petition P4-16.


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