The Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation will hear an argument that foreign carriers should not be permitted to collectively negotiate rates with domestic maritime service providers because it gives them an unfair advantage.
The Pacific Maritime Association has proposed extending the contract until July 1, 2022, with a 3.1 percent yearly wage increase over the base wage rate of $42.18 per hour.
The North Liberty, Iowa-based trucking and logistics company reported a net income of $14 million and operating revenues of $130 million for the first quarter of 2017.
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In addition to bad weather conditions, rampant overbooking by carriers in the wake of newly restructured vessel sharing alliances is at the root of the delays, according to Nicolas Vittori, overseas network manager at France-based Setcargo.
House members question whether the Shipping Act should be revised, and also said there is a need to protect domestic tugboat and terminal companies.
The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 will raise roughly $5.2 billion per year in investment funding for transportation infrastructure over the next 10 years through a series of gas and diesel tax hikes.