How can I file Service Contracts with the FMC?

Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (VOCCs) must file Service Contracts with the Federal Maritime Commission via the SERVCON system. All Service Contracts must be filed no later than 30 days after they are signed by the VOCC and shipper. FMC regulations require that Service Contracts contain specific terms, shipment details, and rate information. There are also detailed […]

How do I view an FMC Tariff published by DPI?

All tariff rules published by DPI are available for viewing free of charge. Search current or past tariff rules using our database’s powerful search tools.   DPI Members If DPI publishes your FMC tariff, simply click here to access your account. After logging in, select My Tariff from the Member Menu. You may also review our […]

How can I file NVOCC Service Arrangements (NSAs) with the FMC?

NVOCC Service Arrangements (NSAs) are not filed in an FMC tariff, instead NVOCCs must issue NSAs directly to their shippers and obtain their written acceptance. FMC regulations require that NSAs contain specific terms, shipment, and rate information. There are also detailed formatting and timing requirements for NSAs and NSA acceptance.    DPI’s expert staff offer assistance […]

How can I file Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs) with the FMC?

Negotiated Rate Arrangements (NRAs) are not filed in an FMC tariff, instead NVOCCs must issue NRAs directly to their shippers and record their shippers’ acceptance. FMC regulations require that each NRA contains specific shipment, rate, and surcharge information. There are also detailed formatting and timing requirements for NRAs and NRA acceptance. DPI’s expert staff offer assistance […]

Do you provide FMC-1 services?

Yes. DPI Will prepare and file your FMC-1 form with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission. We file this form for all DPI Members upon commencement of our tariff publication services. There is no extra charge for this service for your initial tariff rules. We will ensure your FMC-1 is accepted by FMC.

Will you be my agent for service of process?

Yes. DPI will act as your agent for service of process if you are a DPI Member registered with the FMC as an NVOCC outside of the USA. There is no extra charge for this service.

What do you do as agent for service of process?

Good question. We will list our name and office address in FMC records and in your tariff rules as your agent for service of process. This gives FMC and courts in the USA an address in the USA where they can deliver official legal documents for your company. This is required by FMC regulations for […]

Do you provide NVOCC bonds?

If you require assistance in obtaining a bond, DPI is happy to recommend insurance agents and sureties qualified to handle FMC’s NVOCC bonding requirements. We will carefully review your bonds and advise if any correction will be required to satisfy FMC.

How do I publish an FMC Tariff with DPI?

If you would like DPI to publish your FMC Tariff, please contact us for a proposal. To learn more about our services view DPI’s FMC Tariff Publications Services. For over 45 years, the experts at DPI have assisted Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs), Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (VOCCs), and Marine Terminal Operators (MTOs) to publish FMC Tariff rules […]