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DOT Issues Agenda for Meeting on Improved Cargo Opportunities Within National Maritime Strategy

Friday, December 27, 2013
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As previously reported, the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration will host a public meeting Jan. 14-16 to generate ideas to improve, strengthen and sustain the cargo opportunities and sealift capacity of the U.S.-flagged fleet engaged in international commercial trade. Interested parties may attend this meeting in person, view it via live Web streaming, or listen in by phone. The Maritime Administration recently released the agenda along with detailed information for those interested in attending the event. Topics of discussion will include opportunities and challenges associated with growing the international fleet; the need for a U.S.-flag international fleet; breakout sessions on creating cargo opportunities, increasing competitiveness in international trade, tax, regulation and finance reform, training and retraining the maritime workforce, and international issues and agreements; shipper’s perspective; and domestic policies, industry and infrastructure supporting the international fleet. In-person attendees must register with the Maritime Administrative by Jan. 8. Call-in and listen-only telephone numbers will be distributed to registered participants on Jan. 10. 

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