The Federal Maritime Commission ordered HSIN Silk Road Shipping LTD, a non-vessel operating common carrier, to pay a total of $76,361.41 to Goforth & Marti D/B/A GM Business Interiors. The amount comprises $74,000 in reparations and $2,361.41 in interest, which was due for payment April 5, 2023.
The FMC's decision was based on Goforth & Marti's complaint against HSIN, which alleged that HSIN violated the Shipping Act by imposing excessive fees.
Goforth & Marti's claim centered on HSIN issuing a bill of lading for cargo transport. After providing an initial estimated arrival date of November 6, 2021, HSIN revised it to March 10, 2022, and imposed extra fees linked to unforeseen costs related to the pandemic.
The Commission verified serving the Notice to HSIN's address and through email, but HSIN didn't respond to the Complaint, which led to a default judgment. The FMC determined that HSIN violated the Shipping Act and caused actual harm to Goforth & Marti due to its violations.