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--Transportation attorney Ed Greenberg on why nonvessel owning common carriers should be exempted from tariff requirements.
"(I)t has become an expensive, anachronistic exercise, serving little purpose.'
11 Following United Parcel Service's lead, the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America petitioned the Federal Maritime Commission to allow nonvessel operating common carriers to negotiate contracts with shippers. The NCBFAA seeks the same negotiating freedoms that shipping lines have had since the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998 became law. "It's now a burdensome regulatory structure which really only operates to create competition problems for NVOCCs, make them less efficient, make them less competitive by increasing costs," said NCBFAA transportation attorney Ed …