Trump Considers 10 Year Jones Act Waiver

April 26, 2019 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ News

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The Trump administration is considering a nationwide 10-year waiver to the Jones Act a century-old controversial maritime law.

The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 brings higher shipping costs for goods to Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Guam.

The Jones Act was passed to promote a strong merchant marine, provide transportation for commerce, serve in time of war and support a shipyard industrial base, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

Recent studies of the Jones Act have found that it imposes net costs on the U.S. economy, especially on Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Guam.

In 2015, U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono spoke out against an amendment that she said would dismantle the Jones Act, which she said helped to shore up national security by providing reliable sealift in times of war and protected American shipbuilders.

Matson in 2009 said as a state completely dependent on ocean transportation, it was particularly important that Hawaii be served by U.S.-flagged carriers.