Retailers Reiterate Support for Ocean Shipping Reforms
Washington, DC – The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Vice President of Supply Chain Jess Dankert issued the following statement urging the House to pass the Ocean Shipping and Reform Act:
“The Ocean Shipping Reform Act is badly needed legislation that will address long-standing issues in the maritime shipping industry. Today’s global supply chain disruptions are multifaceted, but the lack of oversight or shipper protections as ocean carriers overlook service commitments in favor of soaring rates and punitive fees, has been particularly challenging for retailers. This legislation will ensure that American businesses have fair access to ocean shipping capacity, and protection from unreasonable fees and retaliatory measures.
“This legislation will also bolster the Federal Maritime Commission’s work providing oversight of ocean carriers and carrier alliances—sending the message that fair and open supply chains are essential to the American economy. This is an important component to untangle supply chain congestion and remove barriers to the movement of goods.
“Retailers have been vocal advocates for these necessary reforms. We support the House passage of OSRA and are eager to see President Biden sign it into law.”
RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to elevate a dynamic industry by transforming the environment in which retailers operate.
RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.