46 U.S.C. § 40101 - U.S. Code - Unannotated Title 46. Shipping § 40101. Purposes

The purposes of this part are to--

(1)  establish a nondiscriminatory regulatory process for the common carriage of goods by water in the foreign commerce of the United States with a minimum of government intervention and regulatory costs;

(2)  provide an efficient and economic transportation system in the ocean commerce of the United States that is, insofar as possible, in harmony with, and responsive to, international shipping practices;

(3)  encourage the development of an economically sound and efficient liner fleet of vessels of the United States capable of meeting national security needs;  and

(4)  promote the growth and development of United States exports through competitive and efficient ocean transportation and by placing a greater reliance on the marketplace.


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