The Act Of 1920 Prohibit Foreign Vessels From Trading Between Us Ports Essay

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The Jones Act, also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 prohibits foreign vessels from trading between US ports. It Imposes four primary requirements on vessels carrying goods between U.S. ports. First, the vessel must be owned by US citizen controlled US companies that have 75 percent ownership. Second, at least 75 percent of the crew on the ship must be US citizens. Third, the vessel must be built, or rebuilt, in the United States. And finally, the vessel must be registered in the United States. The Jones Act is a common topic of discussion for politicians and mariners. It creates complication in the shipping industry by increasing the cost to transport goods from one American port to another. Increased shipping cost cause increases to the price of goods that are transported via ship. Due to the increased price of goods, places like Hawaii, Guam, Alaska, and Puerto Rico suffer. These US territories and states are separated from the motherland by bodies of water. For places such as Hawaii and Puerto Rico to receive goods from the US they must adhere to the Jones Act and pay the inflated shipping cost. A Complete repeal of the Jones has the potential to fix economic problems such as these. However, it would bring up more problems, such as a decrease in the jobs. Although, the Jones Act causes lots of problems, it has beneficial aspects to it. Such as preserving American jobs, and supplying more ships to America’s naval fleet in emergency situations. Some people

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