"You have to ask what's good for the country," but where some see the Jones Act as essential,...

|By:, SA News Editor

"You have to ask what's good for the country," but where some see the Jones Act as essential, others see a drag on U.S. growth. The 1920 law requires that any shipment from one U.S. port to another be carried on U.S.-built ships, owned by U.S. citizens, and operated by a U.S. crew. But it can drive up the cost of coastal and inland shipping, push traffic onto rail and trucks, and create other dislocations.