FMC investigates non-compliance with chassis provisioning order


The US Federal Maritime Commission is investigating OCEMA and its members for compliance with a decision granting shippers and truckers the right to choose chassis.

Last week, the US Federal Maritime Commission opened an investigation to determine if the Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association (OCEMA) and its members are complying with a decision issued earlier this year establishing the right of shipper and trucker choice in chassis provisioning for merchant haulage in four key US markets.

The Commission initiated the non-adjudicatory investigation in response to reports that chassis providers in Los Angeles/Long Beach, Chicago, Memphis, and Savannah are not complying with a cease-and-desist order issued by the Commission on February 13, 2024, at Intermodal Motor Carriers Conference, American Trucking Associations, Inc. v. Ocean Carrier Equipment Management Association Inc, et. al (Docket No. 20-14).

The investigation will be conducted by the Commission’s Bureau of Enforcement, Investigations, and Compliance (BEIC) and will examine whether OCEMA and its members have altered their policies and practices as required by the cease-and-desist order.

Non-adjudicatory investigations provide BEIC with subpoena powers as a discovery tool. Evidence of wrongdoing uncovered by BEIC may be used by the Commission to seek an injunction in federal district court. BEIC can also use any evidence of wrongdoing to initiate its enforcement action and seek civil penalties for non-compliance with a Commission order.

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