Lawmakers want to favor carriers that prioritize US exports

New law would give container lines preferential berthing status at American ports

Container lines would receive unprecedented loading and unloading status at U.S. ports if new legislation aimed at prioritizing American exports were to become law.

The American Port Access Privileges Act, introduced Wednesday by U.S. Congressmen John Garamendi and Jim Costa, both California Democrats, would put American exporters “at the front of the line at our ports” in supporting the economy, according to the lawmakers.

The lawmakers hope to take advantage of the momentum generated through the relatively quick passage of theOcean Shipping Reform Act of 2022, a bill signed into law earlier this month that took less than a year to move through Congress.

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