Immediately after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, domestic Jones Act ships delivered for Puerto Rico. The domestic maritime industry remains dedicated to the people of Puerto Rico by providing reliable, on-time service and essential goods while supporting thousands of family wage jobs.
American Maritime provides fast, reliable, direct service. By the end of 2018, transit times to Puerto Rico from the U.S. mainland will be about three days for most shipments.
Shipping rates from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico are lower than to almost any other place in the Caribbean.
The cost of ocean shipping accounts for a tiny fraction of consumer prices in Puerto Rico. A can of soup that retails in Puerto Rico for $1.58 costs just $.03 to ship.
American ships serving Puerto Rico are the cleanest in the world. By the end of 2018, most vessels serving Puerto Rico from the U.S. mainland will be powered by liquified natural gas.
American Maritime supports more than a thousand family-wage jobs in Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans fill hundreds more jobs on the U.S. mainland building American ships.
American Maritime is competitive. Multiple American carriers serve Puerto Rico from the U.S. mainland, and dozens of foreign carriers (accounting for most ship calls in San Juan) deliver foreign-sourced goods.