The Jones Act—which requires seaborne cargo shipped between two U.S. points to be carried by U.S.-built, crewed, and owned vessels—is the primary component of U.S. maritime policy and is vital to our national, homeland, and economic security. For this reason, the Jones Act enjoys the support of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard the Maritime Administration and Members of Congress. Despite this importance and support, the Act is not fully enforced and is often attacked. OMSA works to ensure that elected and government officials understand the importance of this law and enforce it correctly.
Benefits of the Jones Act
The U.S. military has long supported the Jones Act because this act ensures the military has access to domestic shipbuilding and seafaring expertise at zero cost to the government. Learn more about how the Jones Act supports our national security.
Securing our waterways is just as important as securing our borders. The Jones Act ensures that the vessels navigating our coastal and inland waterways abide by U.S. laws, employ U.S. citizens, and operate under the oversight of the U.S. government. Learn more about how the Jones Act protects our homeland security.
The 40,000 Jones Act vessels operating in the domestic trades support nearly 650,000 American jobs and almost $154 billion in annual economic impact and $41 billion in jobs. All of these stats mean that the Jones Act creates more than half a million good paying, family supporting jobs for American workers. Learn more about the economic advantages of the Jones Act here.
More on the Importance of the Jones Act
While the Jones Act dates back to 1920, there has been some version of the Jones Act in place in our country since 1789. We’re not the only ones, a recent study found that two-thirds of the maritime nations in the U.N. have their own version of the Jones Act. For good reason, nations such as China, Japan, and South Korea are heavily subsidizing their commercial shipyards to ensure these yards can control 90 percent of the world’s market. Imagine what would happen if the Navy would have to depend on foreign shipyards to construct our nation’s warships. Learn more about the importance of the Jones Act here.
How OMSA Supports the Jones Act
One of OMSA’s primary missions is to vigorously defend the Jones Act and other cabotage laws of the United States. Towards this end, OMSA works with Members of Congress to gather Congressional support for the Jones Act, and testifies in support of the Jones Act on Capitol Hill. However, there is more work to do. Bureaucrats within the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have created loopholes to the Jones Act that are not found in the law. OMSA is working to close those loopholes, learn more here.
Support for the Jones Act
The U.S. military, Coast Guard, maritime officials, and Members of Congress have long supported the Jones Act. Click here to read why they support the Jones Act in their own words.