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Eric Watkins

North America Editor

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Eric Watkins is the North America Editor for Lloyd’s List, covering the US, Canada and Mexico. Based in California, Eric covers maritime operations, shipping finance, governmental policies, and enforcement & regulations impacting shipping that does business with and within North America.

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US announces $2.9bn for transport infrastructure grants

The grant funding offers ‘a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix our outdated infrastructure and invest in major projects for the future of our economy’, transport secretary Buttigieg said

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Shipping reform bill gets US committee approval

‘These ocean shipping companies are making record profits,’ the head of the committee said. ‘They have made $150bn in profits in 2021, and ocean import volume for the first quarter of this year is forecast to increase by more than 30%’

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US expands audit of ocean carriers’ export policies

US Senate also will take a key step to begin negotiations with the House of Representatives on the Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022

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US Congress panel considers shipping reform legislation

The legislation will provide ‘fundamental updates’ to the shipping regulatory structure, according to the National Association of Manufacturers

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Port of Los Angeles reports busiest February on record

US retail sales will total around $5trn this year, according to forecasts, which will boost containerised import figures at the nation’s ports

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FMC extends detention and demurrage consultation

That request was made by some 44 trade associations, including the Agriculture Transportation Coalition and the National Retail Federation

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