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FMC reviews 9 OTI license applications

   The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has received nine ocean transportation intermediary license applications and changes for review. 
   The FMC received a non-vessel-operating common carrier/ocean freight forwarder license application from BGA Group International Freight Forwarders Corp., Miami (Carlos G. Medina-Luque, president).
   The agency received NVO/ocean freight forwarder license applications from Area World Logistics, Charlotte, N.C. (Jessica Somera, vice president); Consolidated Shipping Agencies Ltd., Aurora, Ill. (Gordon A. Annan Jr., chief operating officer); and World Trading Cargo Corp., Miami (Elizabeth M. Valbuena, vice president).
   The FMC also received ocean freight forwarder license applications from Evangel Shipping, El Monte, Calif. (Xiu Juan Lai, president); and MJS Executive Enterprises, Carlsbad, Calif. (Michael J. Stevenson, president).
   In addition, the agency  received applications for changes to a qualifying individual from GrayLion Logistics, Jacksonville, Fla. (Kinda Amirdash, vice president); and SR International Logistics, Denver (David O. Ross, president); and for a transfer to Asia Shipping Integrated Logistics USA from Intercargo USA Corp., Davie, Fla. (Gerben Zwaga, vice president).
   Persons knowing of any reason why an applicant should not receive an OTI license or amendment are urged to contact the FMC’s Office of Transportation Intermediaries in Washington, D.C., at (202) 523-5843. Lists of licensed OTIs (applications approved, bonds in place and fully licensed) — both ocean freight forwarders and NVOs — are also available on the FMC website.

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Chris Gillis

Located in the Washington, D.C. area, Chris Gillis primarily reports on regulatory and legislative topics that impact cross-border trade. He joined American Shipper in 1994, shortly after graduating from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Md., with a degree in international business and economics.