The following is the text of a news release from the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC):
(WASHINGTON) — On January 13, 2015, Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero announced to staff that his priority for the commission in 2015 is addressing congestion issues that are plaguing the nation’s ports. Starting in September 2014, FMC commissioners led public forums concerning port congestion and international supply chain efficiency issues. The chairman noted that this focus is in keeping with the commission’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan.
Chairman Cordero stated, "Among the commission’s statutory goals is the assurance of an efficient ocean transportation system. The efficient operation of the nation’s ports is squarely within that mandate and paramount to the commission’s responsibilities. As we move forward, I look forward to a thorough review of the issues and views that have been provided from various maritime industry stakeholders. The FMC will continue its role in protecting the shipping public and addressing unreasonable or unjust practices by carriers or marine terminal operators."