An American Shipper poll of shippers and forwarders revealed that nearly 90 percent believe at least some cargo will be delayed by the verified gross mass rule that went into effect globally today.
The United States Senate also confirmed the reappointment of Federal Maritime Commissioners Rebecca F. Dye and Michael A. Khouri, whose terms will now last until 2020 and 2021, respectively.
In the U.S. the Agriculture Transportation Coalition is also calling on Federal Maritime Commission to "discourage carriers and terminals from imposing fees for VGM compliance.:
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Annual costs at container lines have increased a combined $500 million due to new sulfur emissions rules requiring vessels to use more expensive fuel, according to a report released last week by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Most imports that must be cleared by the Food and Drug Administration will have to be filed next month in the new Automated Commercial Environment.
Despite the European Union and United States agreeing to ease economic sanctions placed on Iran in 2009, multinational companies must still ensure rigorous compliance with "secondary" U.S.-Iranian sanctions.