Shipping Reform Act Becomes Law

Shipping Reform Act Becomes Law

With your southeast regional farm newspaper, I’m Haylie Shipp. It is the agricultural information network.

Well, one thing we have a lot here in the southeast is ocean access. It’s been a bit more complicated here since the pandemic and supply issues have set in, but we have a new bill that was signed into law by President Joe Biden that aims to address some of our ills. It’s called the “Marine Navigation Reform Act”. Zippy Duvall is the president of the American Farm Bureau Federation…

“Now that it’s the law, it will provide new oversight and enforcement authority through the Federal Maritime Commission, expanding opportunities for our shippers to resolve disputes with shipping carriers and increasing transparency. and liability among these ocean carriers.”

Duvall says ongoing supply chain issues and record shipping costs have limited agricultural exports at a time when trading partners need the U.S. more than ever…

“We are ready to meet the demands of American-grown produce here and abroad, but that requires a well-functioning supply chain. Limiting trade also negatively affects our farmers, it affects our ability to obtain much-needed supplies like fertilizer, which will ultimately increase the cost of growing food for American families. Farmers have already lost up to $25 billion in agricultural exports this year due to lack of access to export containers, record shipping costs and harmful surcharges.

Duvall participated in the signing ceremony last week at the White House.