Retailers Welcome Progress on Ocean Shipping Reform

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Ocean Shipping Reform Implementation Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure fair access to ocean shipping capacity, provide protection from unreasonable fees and retaliatory measures, increase transparency by establishing metrics, and bolster the Federal Maritime Commission’s (FMC) oversight responsibilities. Additionally, the bill includes provisions to establish a supply chain information data standard.  Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) Director of Supply Chain Policy Sarah Gilmore issued the following statement in response.

“Retailers rely on global maritime shipping to deliver products for American consumers every day. Though apt at navigating myriad supply chain challenges, retailers welcome the Ocean Shipping Reform Implementation Act to address long-standing issues in the ocean shipping industry, untangle supply chain congestion, and remove barriers to the movement of goods.

We appreciate the House prioritizing this legislation and encourage the Senate to follow suit, recognizing its importance in strengthening U.S. supply chains.”

RILA is a trade association of the world’s largest, most innovative, and recognizable retail companies and brands.  RILA members include more than two hundred retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, who together employ over 52 million Americans and account for $2.7 trillion in annual sales and hundreds of thousands of stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad. 
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