Johnson calls on Federal Maritime Commission to protect American exporters
RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson is going after the Federal Maritime Commission for not doing enough to support American businesses.
Johnson and other House members sent a letter to the FMC a few days ago. Johnson was one of representatives who co-sponsored the bipartisan Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022.
The law is designed to keep foreign-flagged ocean carriers from discriminating against American exporters. Johnson says the Federal Maritime Commission’s definition and application of the law isn’t doing enough.
“I think they are putting too much of the burden on American agriculture shippers to be able to prove that they’re being discriminated against,” Johnson said. “The reality is there are five big boys that basically own all the ships that take American agriculture products over to Asia. We feed the world and then those five large carriers have been discriminating against shippers.”
Johnson signed the letter to the FMC with House colleagues on both sides of the aisle.