Federal Maritime Commission

Topical questions covered in this seminar regarding licensing, enforcement, and defense issues as they pertain to the Federal Maritime Commission include:

  • What experience must I have to obtain an Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) license and what steps must I take to obtain one?
  • At what is the FMC looking now?
  • What are the different rights and obligations of the two types of ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs):  Ocean Freight Forwarders (FFs) and Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs)?
  • What has the FMC penalized recently and in what amounts?
  • What are the most commonly found violations of OTIs?
  • How can I avoid FMC penalties?

Below you will find a series of links available for download: these include pieces of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), rules regulating Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs) and Negotiated Service Arrangements (NSAs), as well as examples of NRAs and NSAs. This information is often used supplementary to presentations when we host a seminar regarding the Federal Maritime Commission. We hope you find these links to be helpful, and feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

CFR PART 515—General Duties For Ocean Transportation Intermediaries

CFR PART 520—Carrier Automated Tariffs

CFR PART 531—NVOCC Service Arrangements

NRA Final Rules

Prohibited Acts

Sample NRA

Sample NSA