A tariff rule is a description of charges, classifications, rules, or practices applicable to ocean freight services moving under the tariff owner’s bill of lading or via the tariff owner’s marine terminal. Click here to see an example of a tariff rule:

U.S. Federal Maritime Commission regulations require that Vessel Operating Common Carriers (VOCCs) and Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NCOCCs) publish and maintain tariffs listing all charges, classifications, rules, and practices applicable to their ocean freight services. Marine Terminal Operators may also maintain tariffs if they choose to do so.

When rules are published in an FMC tariff they are applicable to all cargo moving under the tariff owner’s bill of lading or via their marine terminal just as if there was a contract in place with each shipper customer.

All tariffs at DPI are published with a standard set of rules that are generally applicable in the US ocean trade lanes. Some rules are also required by FMC regulations. Please review your tariff rules prior to or shortly after publication to ensure they reflect your organization’s practices and charges.