Biden Administration Offers Endorsement of Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA)

November 22, 2021

Support for Shipping Community Includes Request to Review Ocean Carrier Alliances


Last week, the Administration offered its support for the IAM-supported Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA), which would improve fairness, establish boundaries and set metrics for fees often incurred by the household goods and broader global shipping community. Support for the legislation has grown to 74 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives.


As part of their statement, the Administration also encouraged the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the regulatory body with oversight of the ports, to use their authority to carefully review ocean carrier alliances and agreements, noting that the U.S. Dept. of Justice is standing by, ready to lend their "support and expertise". 


Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, CA "Container Dwell Fee" Delayed Again

A Second Week-Long Delay Extends Fee Application Until November 29th


Citing additional progress in moving containers off marine terminals, the $100 per container fee assessment has again been delayed until November 29th. Since the fee was announced on October 25th, the ports have seen a 33% combined decline in the number of aging cargo on the docks. The Port Directors will continue to reassess fee implementation, and are monitoring progress on a weekly basis.


For more information or questions on any of the initiatives or issues highlighted, please contact Bryan Vickers (703-403-2882, with IAM's Government and Regulatory Affairs Team.