President Biden Takes Action on Shipping Crisis, TGA Urges More
On July 9, President Biden ordered the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to take action against excessive and unjust detention and demurrage fees in a small first step toward addressing the growing shipping crisis (See Section 5, Part O). TGA continues to urge President Biden to do more (June 24 letter, Twitter, LinkedIn), including: 1) enforcing current rules and regulations against contract breaches and unfair detention/demurrage charges; 2) forcing all stakeholders to the table to develop and implement solutions to the crisis; and 3) providing relief to industry by eliminating tariffs. TGA’s actions are part of a larger social media campaign (#ShippingCrisis) to raise public awareness of the shipping crisis and spur policy makers in Washington, D.C. to act to address it. Look for an AP story in the next week featuring TGA members. Let us know if you would like to talk to the media.