Carriers and shippers that would like to see changes in regulations governing cargo preference laws will have the chance to tell the Maritime Administration what they think on Oct. 3.
Marad is reviewing its cargo preference regulations to “provide a more easily administered system of regulations” to help shippers comply with the 1936 Merchant Marine Act. The review is part of President Obama’s order to all agencies to review federal regulations.
The meeting will cover the regulations, not the law itself. The Merchant Marine Act requires the government to give preference to U.S. merchant ships for cargos it imports or exports. That includes food aid and project cargo financed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Cargo for the Defense of Department also moves under the U.S. flag.
The meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Department of Transportation conference center in Washington. Participants also may view streaming video on the Internet or listen by telephone.
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