US FMC Launches Ocean Carriers Audit Program

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The Federal Maritime Commission has established a new audit program and dedicated audit team to assess carrier compliance with the Agency’s rule on detention and demurrage as well as to provide additional information beneficial to the regular monitoring of the marketplace for ocean cargo services, says an article published on their website.

Audit program 

The “Vessel-Operating Common Carrier Audit Program” was established at the direction of Chairman Daniel B. Maffei and launched immediately.

The Audit Program will analyze the top nine carriers by market share for compliance with the Commission rule interpreting 46 USC 41102(c) as it applies to detention and demurrage practices in the United States. The Commission will work with companies to address their application of the rule and clarify any questions or ambiguities. Information supplied by carriers may be used to establish industry best practices.

Moreover on audit program 

Focus areas of the audit process may include practices of companies related to billing, appeals procedures, penalties assessed by the lines, and any other restrictive practices.

The Audit Program will begin with an information request establishing a database of quarterly reports allowing the Commission to assess how detention and demurrage is administered. Responses will be followed by individual interviews with the carriers. Each of the nine largest carriers by market share will be audited irrespective of whether a formal or informal complaint has been filed at the Commission.

Lucille Marvin, the Commission’s Managing Director, will lead both the audit program and the audit team, which will initially be comprised of existing Commission employees.

Summary 

  • The Federal Maritime Commission has established a new audit program and dedicated audit team to assess ocean carriers.
  • The “Vessel-Operating Common Carrier Audit Program” was established at the direction of Chairman Daniel B. Maffei and launched immediately.
  • Focus areas of the audit process may include practices of companies related to billing, appeals procedures, penalties assessed by the lines, and any other restrictive practices.
  • Lucille Marvin, the Commission’s Managing Director, will lead both the audit program and the audit team.

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Source: fmc.gov

 

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