The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has requested additional information to a proposed agreement to authorize off-peak hours at the Port of Oakland. The request will delay the proposed amendment. The plan, dubbed OakPass, would assess fees to pay for terminals to operate an additional shift on Saturdays.
FMC requested the information from the parties of the Oakland MTO Agreement, an agreement among five container terminals at the Port of Oakland.
The commission has concerns about the program being proposed based on an initial review and comments received from various stakeholders who would be impacted by the program. Stakeholders have expressed their concern that insufficient details about how the system will work have been made available to them.
The commission believes additional transparency by the parties will aid in its analysis of the issue. After the agreement parties responded, a new 45-day review period will begin. Commission staff will continue their economic review to determine whether the proposed amendment is likely, by a reduction in competition, to produce an unreasonable reduction in transportation service or an unreasonable increase in transportation cost.
The request will post in the Federal Register next week and will announce a 15-day public comment period.