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Letter to the Federal Maritime Commission on Port Congestion Surcharges

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November 17, 2014

Chairman Mario Cordero

Federal Maritime Commission

800 N. Capitol Street, NW

Washington, D.C. 20573

Dear Chairman Cordero and Commissioners,

On behalf of the Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI), I respectfully request the Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) immediately begin taking action to suspend the implementation of all "Port Congestion Surcharges" being levied by ocean carriers.  We believe implementation of the surcharge is not warranted at this time, nor has the costly increase been appropriately justified, as required by the Commission.

The lack of a signed labor agreement between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association does not warrant the implementation of the surcharge.  And while it is critical that an agreement quickly be reached, we do not believe a surcharge under the guise of "labor unrest" should be considered and ultimately initiated until it is fully evaluated by the Commission.

ACRI represents thousands of men and women who are employed by our member-companies in the recycling industry.  At a time when our economy is starting to experience signs of improvement, such a costly increase will undoubtedly be a risky proposition for most businesses.  Therefore, we respectfully request you take immediate action and suspend all Port Congestion Surcharges at this time.


Kara Bouton

ACRI President

cc.     Mr. Clark Oliver

         Los Angeles Area Representative