Truckers Sound Off on ‘Ridiculous’ Port Problems

Motor carriers' concerns with the difficulty in booking appointments to return empty containers and then getting charged late fees are flowing into the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). The FMC is soliciting public feedback on the matter as it considers an emergency order for carriers to share information with shippers, trucking companies, and railroads.

MOTOR CARRIERS' CONCERNS WITH THE DIFFICULTY IN BOOKING APPOINTMENTS TO RETURN EMPTY CONTAINERS AND THEN GETTING CHARGED LATE FEES ARE FLOWING INTO THE FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION. THE FMC IS SOLICITING PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON THE MATTER AS IT CONSIDERS AN EMERGENCY ORDER FOR CARRIERS TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH SHIPPERS, TRUCKING COMPANIES AND RAILROADS.

The Federal Maritime Commission's (FMC) consideration of an emergency order aimed at forcing shipping lines to be more transparent
with information offered to shippers and truckers, has elicited some frank responses on cracks in operations at the terminal level.


The FMC is in the midst of a 30-day public comment period in which it earlier this month asked industry to weigh in on the possibility of
an order that would force carriers and marine terminal operators to provide cargo availability and throughput information to shippers,
trucking companies and railroads. The order could last as long as 60 days and is authorized under the newly passed Ocean Shipping
Reform Act of 2022 (OSRA).

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written on August 26, 2022

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