The shipper pays

What your cover story on Matson Navigation ("Shakeup at Matson," Page 10, July 15-21 edition) fails to mention is that on a Jones-Act trade route it is the local customer, whether in Hawaii, Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands, who pays the subsidies to the shipowners and unions in the form of higher-than-market prices for all their imported goods originating in the continental U.S.A.

John C. Braestrup


American Fibre Supplies Inc.

Portland, Ore.