HC Deb 30 January 2003 vol 398 c979W
Jane Griffiths

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects on(a) UK and (b) EU shipping of the United States Jones Act] [93946]

Mr. Jamieson

The US Merchant Marine Act of 1920, otherwise known as the "Jones Act", restricts the carriage of sea borne cargo between ports in the United States to vessels constructed and registered in the United States, owned by a United States citizen and manned by United States seafarers. The Act has the effect of denying the opportunity to foreign shipping, including ships registered in the UK and other EU Member States, to compete for coastal trade in the United States. It also affects adversely the ability of foreign shipping companies to move their international cargoes and empty containers more efficiently between US ports using their own vessels on existing international services.

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