Internally, the commission could use its current powers to help shippers with new rulemaking that has teeth for cargo detention/demurrage problems such as those which arose during the Los Angeles/Long Beach vessel congestion crisis two years ago. They could also promulgate protective measures for situations like the recent Hanjin bankruptcy, to ensure shippers are not left in the lurch. The vehicle for this action could be the inclusion in the alliance agreement of a contingency pool for that problem, suggested a former FMC commissioner, who asked not to be named.
Shippers can press the commission to act. They should not fear carrier retribution, but rather challenge carriers and alliances to ensure the entire system is working in American interests