ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARYYes
On September 8, 2017 Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke responded to hurricanes Harvey and Irma by approving a waiver of the Jones Act. This temporary (one-week) waiver, which she later extended through September 22, 2017, makes more options available to distribute fuel to affected states and territories. It was specifically tailored to transportation of refined products in hurricane-affected areas.
The Jones Act prohibits the transportation of cargo between points in the United States, either directly or via a foreign port, or for any part of the transportation, in any vessel other than a vessel that has a coastwise endorsement (e.g. a vessel that is built in and owned by persons who are citizens of the United States).
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