House Bill 4996
117th Congress(2021-2022)
Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021
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Passed House on Dec 8, 2021
Overview
Text
Introduced
Aug 10, 2021
Latest Action
Dec 9, 2021
Origin Chamber
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Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
4996
Congress
117
Policy Area
Transportation and Public Works
Transportation and Public Works
Primary focus of measure is all aspects of transportation modes and conveyances, including funding and safety matters; Coast Guard; infrastructure development; travel and tourism. Measures concerning water resources and navigation projects may fall under Water Resources Development policy area.
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House Votes (2)
Senate Votes (0)
Passed
December 8, 2021
Type
Final Passage Under Suspension Of The Rules Results
House Roll Call Votes
Summary

Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021

This bill revises provisions related to ocean shipping policies and is designed to support the growth and development of U.S. exports and promote reciprocal trade in the foreign commerce of the United States.

Among other provisions, the bill

  • sets forth requirements for operating a shipping exchange involving ocean transportation in the foreign commerce of the United States;
  • prohibits ocean common carriers and marine terminal operators from retaliating or discriminating against shippers because such shippers have patronized another carrier, or filed a complaint;
  • requires the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to publish and annually update all its findings of false certifications by ocean common carriers or marine terminal operators and all penalties assessed against such carriers or operators;
  • requires ocean common carriers to adhere to minimum service standards that meet the public interest;
  • directs the FMC to establish rules prohibiting ocean common carriers and marine terminal operators from adopting and applying unjust and unreasonable demurrage and detention fees;
  • requires ocean common carriers to report to the FMC each calendar quarter on total import and export tonnage and the total loaded and empty 20-foot equivalent units per vessel that makes port in the United States;
  • authorizes the FMC to initiate investigations of an ocean common carrier's fees or charges and apply enforcement measures, as appropriate; and
  • revises annual reporting requirements for the FMC on foreign laws and practices to include practices by ocean common carriers.
Text (3)
December 9, 2021
December 8, 2021
August 10, 2021
Actions (13)
12/09/2021
Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
12/08/2021
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12/08/2021
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 364 - 60 (Roll no. 406). (text: CR H7473-7475)
12/08/2021
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 364 - 60 (Roll no. 406).(text: CR H7473-7475)
12/08/2021
Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H7528-7529)
12/08/2021
At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
12/08/2021
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4996.
12/08/2021
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H7472-7479)
12/08/2021
Mr. Garamendi moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
08/11/2021
Referred to the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.
08/10/2021
Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
08/10/2021
Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E888)
08/10/2021
Introduced in House
Public Record
Record Created
Aug 11, 2021 7:14:25 AM
Record Updated
Apr 1, 2022 1:16:36 PM