FMC to examine transpacific, Puerto Rico practices
The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission will discuss on Sept. 11 its long-running fact-finding investigation into practices of Transpacific Stabilization Agreement carriers covering the 2002-2003 service contract season.
The meeting will be held behind closed doors at the agency’s Washington office.
The transpacific investigation was launched after the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America and the International Association of Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers made allegations in May 2002 that TSA carriers were engaged in discriminatory practices.
The FMC will also discuss during the Sept. 11 meeting a new issue — that of practices of the Puerto Rico Ports Authority. A spokesman for the FMC could not comment on what this new development is about.
The FMC may issue an announcement on the Puerto Rico issue at the meeting, said Bryant L. VanBrakle, secretary of the FMC.