AFBF Welcomes Ocean Shipping Reform Act

AFBF Welcomes Ocean Shipping Reform Act

Corryn La Rue
Corryn La Rue
President Joe Biden signed into law the Ocean Shipping Reform Act Thursday afternoon, applauded by the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF President Zippy Duvall attended the signing ceremony at the White House and says the Biden administration worked with Farm Bureau to support passage of the bill.

Duvall says the ongoing supply chain issues and record-high shipping costs have limited agriculture exports at time when trading partners need the U.S. more than ever.

“We are ready to meet the demands of American grown products here at home and abroad, but it requires a well-functioning supply chain. Limiting trade also negatively affects our farmers, it affects our ability to get much needed supplies like fertilizer, which will ultimately drive up the cost of growing food for American families. Farmers have already lost up to $25 billion of agricultural exports this year because of the lack of access to export containers and record shipping costs, and harmful surcharges.”

Duvall says the legislation addresses supply chain obstacles.

“Now that it's law, it will provide a new oversight and enforcement authority through the Federal Maritime Commission, expanding the opportunities for our shippers to solve conflicts with the ocean carriers and to increase transparency and accountability among those ocean carriers.”

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