WASHINGTON—A coalition of 152 firms and commerce associations representing U.S. importers, exporters, transportation suppliers and different provide chain stakeholders yesterday submitted a letter of assist to Congress endorsing the Ocean Delivery Reform Act of 2021, in accordance with the Nationwide Retail Federation.
The bipartisan laws was launched final month by Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD) and would replace the Delivery Act to acknowledge the numerous modifications to the worldwide maritime transportation system of the previous 20 years.
The proposed laws, designed to determine reciprocal commerce to advertise U.S. exports, would additionally impose strict rules on ocean carriers and strengthen the oversight position of the Federal Maritime Fee. It addresses issues like minimal service requirements for carriers and would regulate late charges and put the burden of proof for these late charges on the service or marine terminal operator, not the corporate who positioned the order. It additionally stipulates that carriers can’t decline export cargo if it may be loaded safely and in an inexpensive period of time.
“Overseas ocean carriers aren’t taking part in truthful, and American producers are paying the value. It’s time for up to date guidelines of the highway. That’s what our invoice does,” mentioned Rep. Johnson in a press release concern by the NRF.
Rep. Garamendi mentioned, “Overseas companies’ entry to the American market and its customers is a privilege, not a proper. California’s agricultural exporters and different companies are prepared to pay to make sure that American-made merchandise attain key markets within the Asia-Pacific. In flip, firms seeking to offload foreign-made merchandise at West Coast ports should present alternatives for American exports. Even throughout a worldwide pandemic, commerce should be mutually useful, and that’s precisely what our bipartisan invoice ensures.”
“The provision chain ecosystem is instrumental to American retailers’ means to ship merchandise throughout the nation to prospects every day,” mentioned David French, senior vp of presidency relations on the NRF. “Now could be the time for the Delivery Act to be modernized to deal with a twenty first century provide chain. We recognize the efforts of Congressmen Garamendi and Johnson to deal with these complicated challenges so many companies at the moment face and encourage Congress to maneuver fastidiously on this significant laws.”
The coalition goals to proceed constructing assist for the invoice and Congressional passage this yr. The letter is accessible right here.
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