Why Can’t I Catch a Break on Shipments to Hawaii?

The Port of Honolulu. Can you find the ship in the harbor?

The Port of Honolulu. Can you find the ship in the harbor?

Because “The Jones Act” fosters lack of competition and one-way trade.

This arcane law requires that waterborne shipments between two points within the United States be carried by vessels that are made in America and crewed by Americans. This protectionist bill, officially known as “The Merchant Marine Act of 1920”, was intended to protect American ship builders, but its major impact has been to make EVERYTHING in Hawaii much more expensive! Unlike competitive sea lanes worldwide, Hawaii has only two USA-flagged carriers, and since ships head back to the Mainland almost empty, the full costs must be absorbed by shippers to Hawaii. The law also affects Puerto Rico and Alaska.

Good news: JMC’s expert project managers have decades of experience managing FF&E projects in Hawaii. Yes, it’s more complex, but that’s what we’re here for – to deliver on your promise!

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