10 April 2023
Freight News

MSC Could Face U.S. FMC Civil Penalty over Tariff’s Congestion Surcharge

The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission is continuing to move aggressively against what it sees as unreasonable charges and business practices of the major carriers. In a filing dated last week, the Office of Enforcement is recommending that the commission review the tariffs of Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) for a possible civil penalty related to its insistence on continuing to maintain an “ambiguous surcharge” in its tariff for congestion.

The effort seeking to impose a civil penalty comes from what appeared to be an innocuous case over a $1,000 congestion fee issued by MSC to a shipper. The carrier recently refunded the charge, but the FMC’s Office of Enforcement found that the carrier continues to have the questionable clause within its tariff, which it sees as a possible violation of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022.

Read more in an article from The Maritime Executive.

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