Feds Seeking to Alleviate Port Congestion

Action seeking to alleviate congestion at the nation’s ports was announced on Wednesday by the Biden administration, much of it focused on the Port of Savannah.

The federal government will allow the Georgia Ports Authority to fund pop-up container yard further inland in Georgia and North Carolina that will receive containers by truck or rail.

The administration also said it will begin ramping up plans to award grant money contained in the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

The infrastructure bill contains $17 billion for improving infrastructure at coastal ports, inland ports and waterways and land ports of entry along the border.

Wednesday’s announcement said there will be increased federal flexibilities for port grants, accelerated port infrastructure grant awards; and new construction projects for coastal navigation, inland waterways, and land ports of entry.

The White House said the U.S. Department of Transportation will seek “creative solutions” to help untangle supply chain congestion by allowing flexibility in port grants.

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