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FMC to Examine Cargo Shipment Cancellations Due to Lack of Inland Lorries

The Federal Maritime Commission has received complaints from U.S. cargo owners claiming that some ocean carriers are uni-laterally changing service contract terms by cancelling the port/container yard to final customer destination leg of the cargo shipment, allegedly due to lack of inland lorry availability. The FMC’s Bureau of Enforcement has initiated an expedited inquiry to seek information that will help the Commission understand the timing, fairness and lawfulness of the alleged changes to ocean carriers’ obligations for inland trucking services. Letters were sent on 20 April to those shipping lines whose actions have been called into question, which are expected to provide their responses within 30 days.

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