The Airforwarders Association (AfA) today welcomed the enactment of federal legislation authorizing new projects to improve the nation’s ports and to strengthen its water transportation networks.
The bill, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), was signed into law by the President today after receiving overwhelmingly bipartisan support in both houses of Congress. In addition to authorizing federal spending on a broad range of ports and waterways infrastructure projects, it also cuts red tape and bureaucracy in order to accelerate their completion.
Noting that much of the cargo handled by the nation’s air freight forwarders is transferred across two or more modes of transportation between shipper and receiver, AfA Executive Director Brandon Fried said that the WRRDA will do much to advance the nation’s cargo handling capabilities so that its transportation infrastructure can stay competitive with other trading nations.
“Our members understand that moving freight requires the efficient operation of all forms of transportation into one intermodal network, and keeping our infrastructure in world class condition is vitally important to that aim,” said Fried. “We are delighted that the administration and members of Congress from both parties have been able to work together to get this legislation on the books so these vital projects can move forward.”
The AfA was part of a broad-based coalition, organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that supported passage of the WRRDA as essential to improving American competitiveness, jobs and economic progress.