U.S.- Puerto Rico maritime provides economic benefit in the form of thousands of local American jobs in Puerto Rico, no small matter for a region suffering from severe unemployment. The American domestic carriers that serve Puerto Rico in regular liner service all have substantial presences in Puerto Rico, performing operational, seafaring, sales,maintenance, administrative and other functions. American carriers have made substantial financial investments in Puerto Rico — for example, buildings, roads, equipment, and new modern vessels worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Outsourcing those jobs to foreign shipping companies would only exacerbate the current employment situation in Puerto Rico.

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