A bipartisan group of senators, including South Dakota Senator John Thune and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, want the Federal Maritime Commission to continue investigating unreasonable practices by ocean carriers. In a letter sent to the commission, the lawmakers said the congestion at U.S. ports and record container volumes are challenging ag exports and vessels with empty containers aren’t helping. Instead, ships are transporting empty containers back to their origin. The Senators said this violates the Shipping Act and they forward to reviewing the findings of the investigation.
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