FIATA to renew efforts against U.S. tariff filing
The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, better known as FIATA, told its members at a meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, it will renew its effort to eliminate the continuing tariff-filing requirements of non-vessel-operating common carriers in the United States.
However, FIATA has welcomed the introduction of confidential NVOCC service agreements (NSAs) by the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, for which it had lobbied alongside UPS and others. NSA allows private contracts between NVOCCs and shippers, but the intermediaries must still file the NSAs with the FMC and file tariffs for non-NSA shipments.
The Swiss-based federation of intermediaries said the NSAs “eliminate service contract discrimination for NVOCCs in the United States.”
FIATA is represented in the United States by the Transportation Intermediaries Association, based in Alexandria, Va.