The attacks by Houthi rebels on the Red Sea have resulted in major ocean carriers rerouting around the southern tip of Africa, adding time and cost to global shipments. South Dakota Representative Dusty Johnson was part of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing Tuesday and voiced concern about the supply chain disruptions. “I have talked to some shippers; we’re a little concerned that these reroutes could create an opportunity for not just reasonable fee and rate adjustments, but perhaps unreasonable fee and rate adjustments. It’s really a process that doesn’t have a tremendous amount of transparency.” Johnson and Minnesota Representative Angie Craig are part of a bipartisan supply chain caucus. That group has sent a letter to the Biden Administration, asking it to secure Red Sea shipping lanes and restore safe passage of trade in the region.
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