Why the Feds Denied Puerto Rico a Shipping Waiver – And Why Congress Should Act

After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the federal government loosened restrictions on a century-old shipping law to allow foreign ships to carry relief supplies and fuel from US ports to affected areas in Florida, Louisiana and Texas.

This week the Trump Administration denied a request for a similar waiver to allow foreign ships to ferry supplies from the mainland United States to the island of Puerto Rico.