Trump Administration Waives Jones Act to Help Puerto Rico Relief

On Wednesday I wrote about the possibility of the Jones Act (shipping restrictions) being waived in order to assist Puerto Rico with quicker hurricane relief.

Although it is hard for the ships to dock to unload due to the massive destruction, the restrictions have been temporarily lifted by the Trump Administration. A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said, “The limitation is going to be port capacity to offload and transit, not vessel availability.”

Perhaps they found a way to get around the damaged ports to better assist the people.

The Jones Act, which was signed by President Woodrow Wilson just two years post-World War I, is a protective law that “restricts trade between U.S. ports to U.S.-flagged vessels with U.S. crews.” In other words, it bans ships with foreign flags to transport freight between U.S. ships. Due to that law, we were only able to provide the U.S. territory with limited help.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced early Thursday that President Trump has waived the Jones Act, lifting shipping restrictions to bolster relief efforts on hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

“At @ricardorossello request, @POTUS has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It will go into effect immediately,” Sanders tweeted, referring to Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.

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