Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts

The U.S.-Puerto Rican maritime industry is dedicated to Puerto Rico’s recovery in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

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KNOW THE FACTS

The maritime industry provides reliable delivery of goods, family wage jobs, and plays a critical role in the homeland security of the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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FOR PUERTO RICO

The maritime industry supports thousands of family-wage jobs. Every job created by the maritime industry creates five more in supporting industries.

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BROUGHT TO YOU

The U.S.-Puerto Rican maritime industry is dedicated to supporting the people of Puerto Rico by providing reliable, on-time service and essential goods.

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WATCH: WHAT WE DO

Learn about the men and women behind the U.S.-Puerto Rican maritime industry and see how their work empowers and stimulates economic growth.

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SEE HOW THE MARITIME INDUSTRY SUPPORTS PUERTO RICO.

MARITIME TESTIMONIALS

SEE HOW THE MARITIME INDUSTRY IMPACTS THE PEOPLE OF PUERTO RICO.
Jaime Torrez
Jaime Torrez
Chief Mate – Crowley Liner Services
Eduardo Pagan
Eduardo Pagan
General Manager – TOTE Maritime
Sandra Morales
Sandra Morales
Customer Service – TOTE Maritime
Jose Nazario
Jose Nazario
Crowley Liner Services

MARITIME FACTS

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE U.S.-PUERTO RICAN MARITIME INDUSTRY.

FOREIGN VESSELS CAN DELIVER GOODS TO PUERTO RICO.

Any foreign vessel can call on Puerto Rico. Nearly 70% of the ships serving Puerto Rico are foreign ships. 55 different foreign carriers provided imported cargo to Puerto Rico in a single month, as reported by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a 2013 report. Foreign shipping companies compete directly with the American shipping companies in an intensely competitive transportation market.

U.S.–PUERTO RICAN MARITIME IS MORE RELIABLE.

U.S. carriers offer their Puerto Rican customers direct service with transit times as few as three days. International carriers typically operate in a different fashion. They call on many ports resulting in longer transit times (sometimes weeks) to reach their final destinations. This operating model would negatively impact the timely flow of goods coming to the island as well as local exporters who are used to the fast and reliable service the U.S.-Puerto Rican maritime industry provides.

THE JONES ACT, ALSO KNOWN AS THE CABOTAGE LAW, DOES NOT DRIVE UP THE COST OF CONSUMER GOODS.

The cost of ocean shipping is a tiny fraction of the consumer price to Puerto Rico. A can of soup that retails in Puerto Rico for $1.58 costs just $.03 to ship. If consumer goods are sometimes more expensive in Puerto Rico, it is not because of the Jones Act. Consumers buy goods from retailers and grocers, not from shipping companies. Retailers buy the goods from shippers and determine the price of the goods to make a profit. This price mark up reflects labor and real estate costs as well as supply, demand and profit margin for retailers. These costs are not affected by the Jones Act.

U.S.–PUERTO RICAN MARITIME MAKES PUERTO RICAN EXPORTS CHEAPER.

With U.S. carriers dedicated to the trade, northbound capacity is readily available at lower rates rather than southbound. This provides Puerto Rico with a competitive advantage compared to neighboring islands that are served by global carriers.

About Us

We are dedicated to Puerto Rico by providing reliable, on time transportation services of essential goods between the U.S. Mainland and Puerto Rico. U.S- Puerto Rican maritime supports thousands of family-wage jobs and plays a key role in homeland security.