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Our Position

TFI supports government efforts to restore full funding for maintenance of our nation’s ports and harbors.

 

The Policy

Water transport is an integral part of the fertilizer distribution system, employing ocean-going tankers and river barges to move fertilizers in either solid or liquid form. TFI closely monitors policies and regulations that may affect nutrient transportation by water.

Shallow ports have recently led to vessel restrictions, hindering the delivery of fertilizer up the Mississippi River. The Water Resources Development Act of 2016 is a bill which provides a cost-share formula for channel deepening projects, something that hasn't happened for 30 years despite much development in barge size. The legislation also provides authorization of funds for the Harbor Maintenance Tax which pays for port and harbor operations and maintenance.

 

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