American ports press Congress for significant and sustained infrastructure investment
9 Jun 2021
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has urged Congress to make a substantial investment in ports as part of the Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan.
“The consequences of decades-long under-investment in maritime infrastructure are playing out in real time in the form of supply chain disruptions and delays that have been exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Chris Connor, AAPA president and CEO, in a statement. “Current disruptions will diminish over time, but with global trade volumes forecasted to increase, now is the time for significant and sustained federal investment in a stronger and more resilient port infrastructure.”
The AAPA statement noted that key shippers – American farmers and retailers – along with dockworkers and port leaders see an urgent need to “strengthen and modernize US maritime infrastructure”.