The US Federal Maritime Commission team tasked with reviewing liner operators and their practices has finished its first round of meetings.

The commission said on Friday that its Vessel Operating Common Carrier Audit Team held meetings with 11 key shipping lines to “identify which ocean carriers have export strategies, how well those strategies work and to urge companies without export strategies to establish one”.

“Helping US export shippers is my top priority as chairman and I will ask my fellow commissioners and commission staff to utilize the full extent of our authority to ensure American agricultural producers and manufacturers reach overseas markets,” commission Chairman Daniel Maffei said in a statement.