Keeping up with the Jones Act

Mainbrace (July 2019 - No. 2)

In the last several weeks, the Jones Act has drawn headlines over how it has shaped the U.S. and worldwide shipping industry. After almost 100 years as a part of federal law, there’s much misunderstanding as to what the law actually does.

The Jones Act requires that all merchandise loaded at one U.S. port and unloaded at another U.S. port be transported on vessels that are:

  • built in the United States;
  • documented under the laws of the United States;
  • owned by U.S. citizens;
  • and never sold to a foreign citizen.

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This article by Dana S. Merkel, associate at Blank Rome, is one in a series of articles written for Blank Rome Maritime's quarterly Mainbrace newsletter. To view the other articles in the July 2019 edition of Mainbrace, please click here.