Carriers: Jones Act could ruin trans-Atlantic deal

The ECSA fears that the US Jones Act rules could muddle up the important US-EU trade negotiations currently underway. International carriers need unrestricted access to US ports, the association says.

Negotiators from the EU and the US are meeting these days to discuss the trans-Atlantic deal set to reduce trade barriers between the two regions. But the American Jones Act rules, which prevent non-US controlled ships from carrying goods and persons between US ports, could stand in the way of the agreement, according to European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA).

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