Congressmen Garamendi and Johnson will finalize a bill providing relief we seek, including the provisions to limit carriers’ denial of export carriage, curtail unreasonable detention/demurrage charges, institute new processes for the FMC to support shippers. View the Discussion Draft.
04/27/2021 – 300 US agriculture and forest products companies and associations delivered a letter to Secretary of DOT Pete Buttigieg, urging immediate intervention to protect US exporters, and their access to foreign markets.
On February 24, 2020, over 70 United States agriculture associations delivered to President Biden an urgent plea for intervention. Copied are Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack, Secretary of Transportation Buttigieg, Chair of White House Council of Economic Advisors and Federal Maritime Commission Chair Khouri.
Thune–Klobuchar Letter to Federal Maritime Commission – This letter – in response to reports of refusal by ocean carriers to transport certain containerized shipments of agricultural commodities – supports the ongoing investigation by the FMC (Fact Finding No. 29) and urges the Commission to act if unjust and unreasonable practices are discovered.
Letter from Ranking Members of Agriculture and Commerce to Federal Maritime Commission– U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and John Boozman, R-Ark., ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, sent a letter to Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Michael Khouri expressing support for the FMC’s current efforts to address the supply chain disruptions occurring at major U.S. ports.