US approves temporary shipping waiver for Puerto Rico after hurricane

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The Biden administration agreed on Wednesday to approve a waiver of U.S. shipping rules to address Puerto Rico’s immediate needs following a devastating hurricane.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas approved « a temporary and targeted waiver of the Jones Act. »

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The waiver aims to ensure that Puerto Ricans have enough diesel to run the generators needed for electricity and the operation of critical facilities after Hurricane Fiona. The Jones Act is a century-old law that requires goods transported between U.S. ports to be transported by U.S.-flagged vessels. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler)


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