FMC seeks to help Haiti relief
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission said it will assist the shipping industry to speed relief cargo and accomplish longer-term rebuilding efforts in Haiti.
FMC said it will “expedite the review of agreements among vessel operators and/or marine terminal operators to provide services to Haiti, as well as give priority to other industry requests that would hasten relief efforts. Through this process, the commission hopes to encourage new water services to Haiti from many U.S. ports as soon as facilities there are suitable.”
The FMC also issued an advisory to steamship lines, cruise operators, non-vessel-operating common carriers, freight forwarders and marine terminal operators highlighting commission regulations that permit them to waive or reduce freight forwarding fees, tariff rates and charges for charitable shipments to Haiti.