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Reuters: New 'America First' food aid shipping rules dropped over high costs

from Supply Chain Dive

The Trump administration has officially ceased its plan to demand that 100 percent of U.S. food aid to other countries be subject to transport on American ships only, Reuters reported. The president was convinced to drop the order after Congress argued that global starvation would increase as a result, since instituting a cargo preference would increase the logistics cost of aid. Members of Congress have long labored to either lower or eliminate the current 50 percent shipping requirement for all food aid that comes from the U.S. They note that of the $2.8 billion spent on foreign food aid in 2016, roughly half is spent on shipping and storage alone. more

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