Following the COVID-19 pandemic, US ports are now asking for $6.5 billion in grants and direct assistance, to balance the challenging situation.
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) commented on US’s fiscal 2021 budget, registering concerns over significant declines to federally funded, port-related programs when compared against this year’s appropriation funding levels.
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and 100 supporting US ports and other organizations, sent a letter to House and Senate leadership, urging them to enact a comprehensive solution to fix the HMT (Harbor Maintenance Tax) for good.
With retail sales rising and Trump’s plans to both increase and broaden tariffs on goods from China, imports at the US’ major retail container ports are expected to see unusually high levels in the next months and through the summer, according to a monthly report by the NRF and Hackett Associates.
Michael Lee, Utah Senator, established the Open America’s Water Act of 2019, a bill that cancels the Jones Act and will allow all qualified vessels to take part in domestic trade between American ports. He commented that the restrictions in domestic trade have a crucial impact on American consumers and producers.
Responding to the US government’s announcement earlier this week on the imposition of an additional $200 billion in protective trade tariffs against Chinese imports, AAPA urged federal policymakers to consider the negative impacts that tariffs have on port and other trade-related American jobs.
In a testimony today (August 24), before the US Trade Representative in Washington, the American Association of Port Authorities urged the federal government to consider the negative impacts that retaliatory tariffs would have on port and other trade-related American jobs nationwide.
Increasing volumes and a growing population in the US compound the necessity for efficient port connections, the most efficient and speedy of which is rail. However, rail access projects continue to face barriers to completion, according to AAPA, which identifies more than $20 billion in rail access needs in the next decade.
Despite the prospect of heavy tariffs on goods from China, imports at the US’ major retail container ports are expected to grow steadily throughout the summer of 2018, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
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