• Congresswoman Roybal-Allard Votes to Crack Down on Exorbitant Ocean Shipping Costs

    Congresswoman Roybal-Allard Votes to Crack Down on Exorbitant Ocean Shipping Costs
    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard voted for bipartisan legislation to ease the burden of rising costs on California’s families and small businesses, while also boosting American exporters’ ability to efficiently deliver products to the global marketplace.  The Ocean Shipping Reform Act will crack down on exorbitant fees being charged by international shipping companies and prevent American-made goods from being left on the dock.  This legislation heads to the President’s desk, tonight.
    “Today, I proudly voted to level the playing field for California’s families and small businesses by cracking down on sky high shipping fees,” said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard.  “Unfair and exorbitant shipping practices affects the budgets of all Americans by raising the costs of key goods. This includes essential groceries to appliances and electronics.  Passed with strong bipartisan support, the Ocean Shipping Reform Act will boost American competitiveness, promote fairness in global shipping and help keep products on the shelves in stores across California.”
    Foreign-based shipping companies have driven up costs by impeding the ability of American farmers and small businesses to get their products to market.  Exporters and importers continue to face unpredictable shipping itineraries, rising freight costs and even refusal by shipping companies to carry American cargo.
    The Ocean Shipping Reform Act will help level the playing field by empowering the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to strengthen oversight of the shipping market and lower costs for consumers.  This legislation will boost funding for the FMC and implement several key measures:

    • Combating exorbitant shipping costs by strengthening FMC enforcement action against exploitative business practices.
    • Ensuring fairness in shipping by improving transparency and prohibiting ocean carriers from unreasonably refusing to transport American cargo.
    The Ocean Shipping Reform Act has been endorsed by a broad coalition of trade groups, including the National Association of Manufacturers, American Association of Exporters and Importers, National Retail Federation, Association of Food Industries and Consumer Technology Association.
    This legislation builds on House Democrats’ ongoing work to strengthen supply chains and bring down costs for working families.  Later this week, the House will vote on the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act to slash prices in the grocery aisle and at the gas pump by supporting America’s farmers and ranchers.  The House previously passed the Consumer Fuel Price Gouging Prevention Act to combat Big Oil’s excessive gas price hikes.  And earlier this year, the House passed the America COMPETES Act to strengthen the United States’ broken supply chains and prevent shortages of the goods Americans need.  In addition, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law delivered $17 billion in funding for the United States’ ports and waterways – the largest-ever federal investment in port infrastructure.