Decoding OSRA

Decoding OSRA – Part 9. Information Assortment


We’re nonetheless solely starting to see how the latest and ongoing modifications to U.S. transport legislation will have an effect on companies’ imports and exports in addition to carriers’ and different business stakeholders’ operations inside maritime transport. At Common Cargo, we wish to assist shippers know the way legislation modifications will have an effect on them. What precisely does the Ocean Transport Reform Act (OSRA) say and do? This weblog collection goes by way of it part by part, so you may see precisely what our lawmakers modified within the U.S. Code coping with transport.

We’ll provide the OSRA textual content; the textual content of the U.S. Code, normally in Title 46, earlier than and after its amendments; and think about what these modifications imply for U.S. importers and exporters.

Beforehand lined on this collection:

Clearly, which means right this moment we’re masking Part 9 of OSRA. Let’s see precisely what it says and modifications…

Fast Overview

Part 9 is straightforward and easy. It requires ocean freight carriers to report back to the Federal Maritime Fee (FMC) the tonnage of transport containers in TEUs (20′ equal models), delineating loaded versus empty, which can be imported and exported per vessel to and from the US. The FMC is to publish that data quarterly on its web site.

Part 9 Textual content


    (a) In Basic.--Chapter 411 of title 46, United States Code, is 
amended by including on the finish the next:
``Sec. 41110. <<NOTE: 46 USC 41110.>>  Information assortment

    ``The <<NOTE: Net posting. Time interval Studies.>>  Federal Maritime 
Fee shall publish on its web site a calendar quarterly report that 
describes the full import and export tonnage and the full loaded and 
empty 20-foot equal models per vessel (making port within the United 
States, together with any territory or possession of the US) 
operated by every ocean widespread provider lined underneath this 
chapter. <<NOTE: Dedication.>> Ocean widespread carriers underneath this 
chapter shall present to the Fee all essential data, as 
decided by the Fee, for completion of this report.''.

    (b) <<NOTE: 46 USC 41110 be aware.>>  Rule of Development.--Nothing in 
this part, and the modification made by this part, shall be construed 
to compel the general public disclosure of any confidential or proprietary knowledge, 
in accordance with part 552(b)(4) of title 5, United States Code.

    (c) Clerical Modification.--The evaluation for chapter 411 of title 46, 
United States Code, <<NOTE: 46 USC 41101 prec.>>  is amended by including 
on the finish the next:

``41110. Information assortment.''.

Unique Title 46 Textual content

Usually, sections of OSRA edit and exchange textual content in Title 46, however Part 9 is a bit of bit completely different. It doesn’t amend any textual content within the U.S. transport code. As a substitute, it simply provides a brand new part on the finish of Chapter 411. So this “Unique Textual content” part that we’ve had in each a part of this collection thus far will get an N/A, and the “Amended Textual content” part that’s additionally beforehand been in each a part of this collection will get an N/A too.

Amended Textual content


Observations on Paragraph (a)

Since you may learn the addition OSRA is making to Title 46 right here in addition to I can, reasonably than summarize or paraphrase the modifications made, I’ll simply state what stands out to me about every paragraph in relation to the worldwide transport business.

Notoriously, ocean freight carriers should not clear. This paragraph forces some transparency by sharing with the general public knowledge about what number of containers, full and empty, are on ships.

For U.S. exporters, significantly agricultural exporters, the info about empty containers is of curiosity. Agricultural exporters have complained about being refused containers and providers by carriers rising income by sending empty containers abroad as a substitute of ones slowed down by being full of agricultural exports.

This knowledge would additionally enable shippers to match precise shiploads of cargo to the potential capability of ships to see if cargo has gotten bumped or area has been refused for causes apart from the ship is full. The info additionally might assist analysts decide how low a proportion of ships’ capability stuffed it takes for carriers to clean (cancel) sailings.

These are just some factors of curiosity shippers may have from this knowledge, however I’m positive there are a lot of extra.

Observations on Paragraph (b)

I’m positive carriers don’t like the concept of exposing any extra knowledge than they must. Even with out stepping into the concept of exposing commerce secrets and techniques, there are prices related to having folks compile and submit knowledge (there are even prices if this may be largely automated).

Prices apart, this paragraph makes an attempt to provide carriers assurance of not being compelled to publicly disclose confidential or proprietary data. Nevertheless, carriers might think about the details about loaded and empty containers per vessel to be such data. I’d have some bother with this reasoning as a result of that data must be reported to the federal government anyway for the safety functions of realizing what’s coming into and leaving the nation by way of the ports. Such data reported to the federal government additionally doubtless must be of public entry.

Abstract of Paragraph (c)

All paragraph (c) does is add the brand new part to the checklist of sections firstly of Chapter 11.


Part 9 brings a bit of extra transparency to the worldwide transport business. Whereas this provides a bit of bit of labor to the FMC and ocean freight carriers, I doubt that burden is just too nice to outweigh the advantages of the general public information. However that’s my opinion. Perhaps yours is completely different, and you’ve got one thing you suppose I ought to think about. In that case, share it within the feedback part beneath.

In fact, if there’s the rest in Part 9 of OSRA you suppose I missed, let me know that too.

Keep tuned for when Decoding OSRA continues, inspecting Part 10….

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