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Jones Act - The Basics
The United States has always had a special relationship to water. It is a nation founded from the sea. Its interior was explored and linked to the sea via mighty rivers and waterways that penetrate deep into the continent’s interior. Seaborne commerce drove the American economy for two centuries; even today that economy is dependent on the sea to carry virtually all the $3.5 trillion in international trade generated annually. Millions of Americans have made their livings from the seas and national waterways. The security of the seas, part of the global commons, has been a central theme of this country’s military strategy since the days of the Barbary pirates. Read more here.Download: Contribution_of_the_Jones_Act.pdf
Puerto Rico receives Jones Act shipping service that is cheaper, more regular, and more reliable than
foreign shipping rates to the USVI, and consumer prices in Puerto Rico are far lower than in the USVI. Download: COST OF JONES ACT SHIPPING IN PUERTO RICO_USVI.pdf
How to Register Your Opinion
on the Jones Act
Votes by the U.S. House and Senate are imminent on the future of the Jones Act in Puerto Rico.
If you would like to voice your opinion about the value of the act with your elected representatives, the Navy League has made it easy for you to do so.
Just follow this link, fill out a short form, and your email will be routed to your elected officials based on your home address. The entire process takes less than 2 minutes.