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CHAPTER: Preparing and Shipping Goods
3. What is cabotage?
  ANSWER: Cabotage is the trade or transport of cargo in coastal waters between two points within a country. U.S. cabotage laws are referred to as the Jones Act. Cabotage laws are common to all countries with waterborne transportation systems. The actual interpretation and enforcement of the Jones Act is the responsibility of the U.S. Customs Service and U.S. Coast Guard. For general inquiries concerning coastwise laws contact:

The Office of Market Promotion Maritime Administration 400 7th Street, S.W. Washington, DC 20590 (202)366-4374


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