A tariff is a publication containing the rates, charges, classifications, rules, regulations, and practices applicable to ocean freight moving under the tariff owner’s bill of lading or via the tariff owner’s marine terminal. 

U.S. Federal Maritime Commission regulations require that entities holding themselves out to the public as providers of ocean freight transportation publish tariffs. 

Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (VOCCs) and Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) must publish FMC tariffs. Marine Terminal Operators (MTO) have the option to publish FMC tariffs. 

Tariffs help ensure that shippers and other members of the public are able to obtain reliable and useful information concerning the rates and charges that will be assessed by VOCCs and NVOCCs for their ocean transportation services. 

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