US regulators move to ease NVOCC contracting rules

US maritime regulators have proposed changes designed to make it easier for non-vessel-operating common carriers (NVOCCs) to provide negotiated rate and service arrangements. NVOCCs cheered the unanimous vote by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking in response to a 2015 petition by the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America. The commission vote sets the stage for solicitation of public comments.
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