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Proposed Rule Could Assist U.S. Cruise Lines

By Linda Tancs

In a move to thwart the incursion of U.S. cruise business by foreign-flagged lines, Customs and Border Protection has proposed a change in cabotage law.  In cruise industry parlance, cabotage refers to the transportation of passengers between two ports in the same country.  Current U.S. law prohibits foreign vessels from transporting passengers between ports in the country, but this restriction is often circumvented by foreign lines by the addition of a token port of call in another jurisdiction.  Under the proposed new rule, any such additions will be deemed a violation of the cabotage law unless the foreign port of call lasts at least 48 hours and foreign ports comprise at least 50% of the overall itinerary.  The time for public comment on the proposed new rule will expire on December 21, 2007.  Go to www.regulations.gov for instructions on submitting a comment. 

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[…] Linda Tancs wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptBy Linda Tancs In a move to thwart the incursion of U.S. cruise business by foreign-flagged lines, Customs and Border Protection has proposed a change in cabotage law.  In cruise industry parlance, cabotage refers to the transportation of passengers between two ports in the same country.  Current U.S. law prohibits foreign vessels from transporting passengers between ports in the country, but this restriction is often circumvented by foreign lines by the addition of a token port of call in another jurisdiction.  Under the proposed new rule, any such additions will be deemed a violation of the cabotage law unless the foreign port of call lasts at least 48 hours and foreign ports comprise at least 50% of the overall itinerary.  The time for public comment on the proposed new rule will expire on December 21, 2007.  Go to http://www.regulations.gov for instructions on submitting a comment.  If you enjoy my blog, please leave a […] […]


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