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FMC fast-tracks inquiry into eight container carriers' extraordinary surcharges

The US Federal Maritime Commission is launching an expedited inquiry into eight container carriers in connection with surcharges introduced at the currently red-hot market. In a comment to ShippingWatch, Hapag-Lloyd denies allegations that surcharges are not handled properly.

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Eight container carriers now have a week to provide additional information the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).

The move comes after the agency has received several tip-offs from various parties regarding carriers that have introduced surcharges in a way that is unlawful. The agency has thus launched a fast-track investigation into the practice of eight carriers, writes FMC in a press release.

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