HOW WE HELP THOSE IN NEED IN PUERTO RICO?
U.S.-Puerto Rican maritime provides national security benefits to both the U.S. and Puerto Rico by maintaining a robust shipyard with high standards and trained mariners who provide protection and support military operations during times of war, peace, and economic hardship.
IS U.S. – PUERTO RICAN MARITIME 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.
HOW DOES THE U.S. - PUERTO RICAN MARITIME KEEP OUR FOOD AND GOODS FRESH AND ON TIME?
With numerous weekly sailings to and from the U.S. mainland, a local business can improve inventory control by buying smaller quantities more often, which decreases warehouse costs, increasing critical cash flow and lowers property taxes, among other savings. The schedule for these sailings is measured in hours, not days, as is the case with most foreign-flagged maritime companies. Few, if any, jurisdictions in the world have that kind of service level.
DOES U.S. - PUERTO RICAN MARITIME MAKE PUERTO RICAN EXPORTS CHEAPER?
U.S carriers have no choice but to leave Puerto Rico with most of the containers empty, since they cannot stop in other countries to pick up additional cargo. As a result, freight rates for goods shipped from Puerto Rico to the U.S. can cost half as much because the vessels aren’t full. So Puerto Rican exporters benefit.