An article in the Dec. 13 AS Daily
, “FMC approves NRAs for foreign NVOs” mischaracterized action taken by the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission earlier this week.
The commission has "not yet voted to expand the availability of NRAs to foreign registered NVOCCs," said Karen Gregory, secretary of the FMC. "It is anticipated that the commission will consider a draft proposed rule on the matter at its February 13, 2013 meeting."
At a meeting on Wednesday the commission directed its staff "to prepare a proposed rule incorporating the foreign NVOCC (non-vessel-operating common carrier)
registration requirement contained in section 515.19 and the service
requirements contained in section 515.24 of the draft ANPR presented in
Item 1 of the commission’s meeting agenda" and "that based
on these provisions, the proposed rule also expand the availability of
NRAs to foreign registered NVOCCs."
The commission also voted to accept late-filed comments of Fedespedi-Federazione
, the Federation of the Italian Freight Forwarding companies.
"We believe that all NVOCCs should benefit of the exemption, whether or not they are subject to the licensing requirement under the Shipping Act.
The expansion of the exemption will reduce operating costs for our NVOCC members, and allow them to concentrate on quality and price, rather than wasting unnecessary time and expense on administrative compliance," Fedespedi said.