Jones Act

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Forbes  Nov 7  Comment 
For Puerto Rico, getting access to much-needed fuel and supplies in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane was a debilitating challenge. The island's unnecessary troubles demonstrate that it is past time to reform an obscure 1920 law governing...
New York Times  Oct 24  Comment 
More than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated the American territory, a heated debate continues over a century-old shipping law.
Forbes  Oct 17  Comment 
The Puerto Rico crisis has fueled criticism of the Jones Act, which bars foreign shippers from plying routes between U.S. ports. Economists may say that the restrictions distort market forces, but there is a strong security rationale for not...
Forbes  Oct 5  Comment 
The Jones Act is a good example of well-intentioned laws that have outlived their usefulness.
Forbes  Sep 29  Comment 
President Trump recently waived the Jones Act again in the wake of Hurricane Maria, raising legitimate questions about whether any law that must be waived whenever an emergency arises should be on the books at all.
Forbes  Sep 28  Comment 
he urgent need to supply Puerto Rico with essential supplies that will assist in the rebuilding process has also brought to focus a somewhat obscure maritime law from the 1920s: the Jones Act. What does the law mean and does it benefit or impair...
New York Times  Sep 28  Comment 
Puerto Rican officials and their allies had argued that the law was making it harder to get needed supplies to the island after Hurricane Maria.
Forbes  May 12  Comment 
Battle on the high seas, Maritime fight pits the maritime industry against the energy industry as one side exclaims, "Who sank my battleship?"
Forbes  May 10  Comment 
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service announced on May 10 that it is withdrawing last-minute Obama-era proposed regulations under the Jones Act. The withdrawal will be cheered by the oil and gas industry, which was concerned about...




 

The Jones Act, when used in reference to the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, prohibits the transportation of goods or people between U.S. ports by vessels built outside of the U.S. The Act also requires that these vessels be owned, operated, and manned by U.S. citizens. While the Jones Act has been credited with improving national security and nurturing the domestic commercial shipping market, it has fallen under much criticism for creating uncompetitive markets and high prices.

You can read about its other provisions at its Wikipedia article.

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