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Government Considering Lifting Shipping Restrictions To Puerto Rico

Residents during La Perla village in Old San Juan comfort one another as a village recovers from Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday.

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Residents during La Perla village in Old San Juan comfort one another as a village recovers from Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday.

Carlos Giusti/AP

The Department of Homeland Security is deliberation a ask by members of Congress to relinquish shipping restrictions to Puerto Rico, comparison DHS officials pronounced Wednesday.

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The ask is to relinquish restrictions underneath a Jones Act, that restricts shipping of products between U.S. coasts to U.S.-flagged vessels (as against to foreign-flagged vessels).

The DHS officials pronounced that discordant to news reports, DHS has not denied any waiver requests compared with Hurricane Maria. They pronounced they have not perceived a “formal” request, that typically comes from a Defense secretary or from a shipper seeking to pierce cargo.

The officials pronounced DHS can't emanate a waiver due to increasing shipping costs though contingency make a integrity formed on either there are national-defense implications. The examination routine will also embody evaluating either there’s a miss of accessibility of U.S.-flagged vessels.

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The officials pronounced a many poignant hurdles confronting Puerto Rico have to do with a intrusion of a ability to pierce reserve within a island rather than a ability to get fuel and line to a island. And, they indicate out, as NPR’s Brian Naylor reports, that there is singular space during a island’s ports.

They pronounced this was opposite than a conditions confronting a southeastern U.S. after Hurricane Harvey. There was a Jones Act waiver put in place after Harvey; it lapsed on Sept. 22nd. Puerto Rico was enclosed underneath that waiver for polished petroleum products.

The officials could not put a timeline on how fast a preference would be done though pronounced it expected would not come Wednesday.