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TM integration with FMC(Federal Maritime Commission)


The Federal Maritime Commission is the independent federal agency responsible for regulating the U.S. international ocean transportation system for the benefit of U.S. exporters, importers, and the U.S. consumer.

The FMC ensures competitive and efficient ocean transportation services for the shipping public by:

  • Reviewing and monitoring agreements among ocean common carriers and marine terminal operators (MTOs) serving the U.S. foreign oceanborne trades to ensure that they do not cause substantial increases in transportation costs or decreases in transportation services
  • Maintaining and reviewing confidentially filed service contracts and Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) Service Arrangements to guard against detrimental effects to shipping
  • Providing a forum for exporters, importers, and other members of the shipping public to obtain relief from ocean shipping practices or disputes that impede the flow of commerce
  • Ensuring common carriers’ tariff rates and charges are published in private, automated tariff systems and electronically available
  • Monitoring rates, charges, and rules of government-owned or –controlled carriers to ensure they are just and reasonable
  • Taking action to address unfavorable conditions caused by foreign government or business practices in U.S. foreign shipping trades

Now the question coming. What does the TM for ocean carrier could achieve in FMC topic?

The parts marked as red which are related to e-system integration. Let's simple define them as "Service Contracts Filing" and "Tariff Publish".

What's service contract and how to filing it?

FMC provide the Contract Management System(CMS) to incorporate the filing of service contracts. So TM could integration with the CMS to automatically filing the service contract.

The draft solution could be like that:

Model the service contract as FWA in TM.

When FWA release for charge calculation, using the PPF function to trigger the integration with CMS.

How to publish the tariff?

The tariff portal/website of ocean carrier should be published in the FMC portal.

The draft solution could be like that:

TM could provide the tariff (FWA) POWL in the FMC portal.

Or ocean carrier could integration the TM with own portal. And then publish the portal to the FMC.

Of course, there are a lot of special requirements about FMC should be implemented or enhanced in the TM.

Best Regards

Clark Huang

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