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US issues guidance on detention and demurrage regulations

The US Federal Maritime Commission recently issued a new guidance concerning how it will assess the reasonableness of detention and demurrage regulations and practices of ocean carriers and marine terminal operators under 46 U.S.C. 41102(c).

CBP changes Jones Act for offshore vessels, criticised over loopholes

The US Customs and Border Protection announced that it will withdraw several previous letter ruling concerning the enforcement of the Jones Act, which may lead to “loopholes” with major implications for the US offshore industry, with the latter commenting that this decision allows foreign-flagged, non-Jones Act wind turbine installation vessels to operate in the expanding U.S. offshore wind industry.

California to delay strict ballast water quality standards

The State of California will delay the introduction of strict ballast water quality standards to 2030. These standards are considered to be significantly more strict in comparison to the USCG Final Rule and IMO International Ballast Water Management Convention.

First US regulation to regulate steamboats takes effect

In 1838, the 25th Congress signed the Congressional Act of 1838 (5 Stat. L., 304) which constituted the Coast Guard’s Marine Inspection Program and came into effect in October 1st of that year. This was the first regulation authorized by the national government in order to provide with better security for the lives of passengers on the ships in whole or in part by steam.

Wind down period for Iran metals sanction ends

As the Shipowners’ Club informs, President Trump issued Executive Order 13871 (the Order) of 8 May 2019 ‘Imposing Sanctions with Respect to the Iron, Steel, Aluminum, and Copper Sectors of Iran’. The Order included a 90-day wind-down period, enabling those persons engaged in transactions to take necessary steps to avoid exposure to sanctions.

NRF supports bill requiring congressional review of tariff hikes

The US National Retail Federation welcomed legislation introduced on 25 June that would strengthen congressional authority over tariff increases like those imposed by the Trump administration during the past year. The measure would limit any new or additional tariffs imposed on national security grounds.

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