ISSA Praises Passage of Ocean Shipping Reform ActJune 17, 2022
On June 16, U.S. President Joseph Biden signed into law the Ocean Reform Act, which is the first major update to ocean shipping law since 1998. The bipartisan legislation will help to address some of supply chain problems and exporter complaints. In part, the legislation will stop ocean carriers from unreasonably refusing space on ships and help to address the issue of high “detention and demurrage” charges, which have become increasingly problematic. ISSA has strongly supported this bill and has been an active participant in a coalition of U.S. importers, exporters, transportation providers, and other supply-chain stakeholders advocating for its passage over the last two years.
“ISSA thanks Congress and President Biden for their overwhelming and bipartisan support of OSRA 22. We want to especially thank Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA-3) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD-at-large) and Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Thune (R-SD) for their strong leadership on this legislation,” said ISSA Director of Government Affairs John Nothdurft. “A strong and efficient supply chain is critical in making sure essential hygiene and cleaning products and equipment are able to be manufactured and distributed to cleaning professionals in a timely fashion.”
Over the last few months, ISSA signed onto multiple letters to congressional leadership including one last week encouraging final passage of the bill. This was on of the issues cleaning industry leaders learned about and engaged lawmakers on at the 2022 Clean Advocacy Summit in Washington DC.