On November 26, the President of the NCBFAA (National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America), Geoffrey Powell sent a letter to the FMC (Federal Maritime Commission) along with other government officials addressing the congestion surcharges the ocean freight carriers were announcing to impose on importers and exporters. In the letter, he mentions the carriers are not following the US Shipping Act which requires any carrier seeking rate increases to provide 30 days’ notice. The announcements sent by the carriers of their intent to impose the congestion surcharges were only sent with 1 or 2 days’ notice. Along with the notice time frame, he also addressed the dollar amount the carriers have decided on and how all carriers announced implementing this same dollar amount which seems like unlawful behavior. No comment has been issued by the FMC or other government officials at this time. Exporters and importers continue to grow concerned of the looming surcharges. To read the full letter, click here.