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Biden to issue executive order on consolidation in railroads, ocean shipping

The Hill
The Hill
 2021-07-08
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President Biden plans to sign an executive order to increase competition and combat aggressive pricing for railroads and in the shipping industry, a source familiar told The Hill.

The order would ask the Surface Transportation Board to look into long-standing measures like so-called “competitive switching rules,” which require a monopoly railway to grant access to its railroad under certain conditions. It would also urge the board to make it easier for shippers to challenge inflated rates when there is no competition between two routes.

The order would urge the Federal Maritime Commission to work with the Justice Department to investigate and punish anticompetitive practices. The agency and Justice Department are planning to sign a new memorandum to enhance cooperation between the two “shortly,” according to the source.

The order would also encourage the Federal Maritime Commission to work to protect American exporters from high costs imposed by ocean carriers and to crack down on unfair fees.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is planning on examining next week how to address shipping delays at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which handle 40 percent of containerized overseas imports for the U.S., according to the source. The secretary has been tasked with examining increases in shipping prices and congestion at ports as part of the administration's Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force.

Biden’s forthcoming sweeping executive order, expected within days, is focused on competitiveness.

It will also include steps to crack down on noncompete agreements used by employers to prevent their employees from moving to rival firms and new rules for defining when meat can be labeled a "product of USA" in an effort to boost American farmers.

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Southern Born & Bred
2021-07-08

I don't know much about this but I do know if Joe Biden is signing an executive order it cannot be good for the majority of the American people that's what he does

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Arti D
2021-07-08

So everytime Trump signed an executive order all we heard was cries of dictatorship. Now Biden is actually RULING by executive order, and the propaganda media are completely silent, or worse completely behind him. If it's bad for one it's bad for all.

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Peggy Chrismon
2021-07-08

why doesn't he do something about on all price gouging on everything. Can't see any reason whatsoever that gas and building supplies and food triple like it has since he is sitting in Washington

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