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FMC Unveils On-line Registration Renewal System for Foreign-Based NVOCCs

The Federal Maritime Commission has developed an on-line filing system for the renewal of registrations of foreign-based unlicenced non-vessel-operating common carriers. The FMC states that failure to timely renew a registration via the new system can result in the termination or suspension of an NVOCC’s registration.

Under a rule that took effect in July 2013, foreign-based unlicenced NVOCCs must register with the FMC before performing services in the U.S. foreign ocean-borne trades by submitting a registration on form FMC-65. Registrations are effective for three years and may be renewed for subsequent three-year periods upon the submission of an updated registration form. Registrations may be terminated or suspended for various infractions, including violation of any law or regulation related to carrying on the business of an ocean transportation intermediary.

The FMC states that beginning 3 August foreign-based NVOCCs currently registered with the FMC will receive an email notification alerting them of their upcoming renewal date. The email will provide instructions on how to renew registration using the new on-line system and will include a unique user name and password to access the system. Once logged in, the NVOCC will have the option to self-renew its registration or assign the renewal process to its tariff publisher or other third-party filer. The FMC notes that with the implementation of this new electronic filing system, paper, email or fax registration renewals will no longer be accepted.

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