FMC Launches Investigation into Potential Non-Compliance with Chassis Provisioning Order - Sobel Network Shipping Co., Inc.

FMC Launches Investigation into Potential Non-Compliance with Chassis Provisioning Order

On June 18, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) initiated an investigation to assess whether the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA) and its members are adhering to a decision made earlier this year. This decision established the rights of shippers and truckers to choose chassis providers for merchant haulage in four major U.S. markets.

The FMC’s non-adjudicatory investigation responds to reports indicating that chassis providers in Los Angeles/Long Beach, Chicago, Memphis, and Savannah may not be complying with the cease-and-desist order issued by the Commission on February 13, 2024. This order came from the case Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference, American Trucking Associations, Inc. v. Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association Inc, et al. (Docket No. 20-14).

The FMC’s Bureau of Enforcement, Investigations, and Compliance (BEIC) will conduct the investigation to determine if OCEMA and its members have modified their policies and practices as required by the cease-and-desist order. If BEIC uncovers evidence of non-compliance, the FMC may seek an injunction in federal district court. Additionally, BEIC has the authority to initiate its own enforcement action and pursue civil penalties for violations of the Commission’s order.

The FMC encourages individuals with relevant information or evidence of wrongdoing by any regulated entity to come forward. Information can be sent to [email protected], or provided via phone at (202) 523-5783.

The FMC emphasized its commitment to addressing any retaliatory actions and ensuring that offending parties are held fully accountable.