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NACD Press Release

Arlington, VA
August 11, 2021

Aileen Smith

NACD Applauds Introduction of Bi-Partisan Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 by Representatives John Garamendi (D-CA) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD)

NACD Joins Other Leading Industry Associations in Endorsing the Bill

Arlington, VA – National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) President and CEO Eric R. Byer issued the following statement applauding the introduction of the bi-partisan Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 by Reps. John Garamendi (D-CA) and Dusty Johnson (R-SD):

“Over the past year, unfair ocean shipping provider practices have led to product delays, rising costs, and inventory stock-outs that have been felt along all supply chains, driving up shipping rates and ultimately prices for consumer goods.

NACD has led the charge in calling on the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to leverage its authority to enforce the important protections already in place, including enforcing the prohibition against unfair demurrage and detention practices, among others. The Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 will go far in strengthening the FMC’s current enforcement abilities, expanding its authority to ensure industry-wide compliance with federal law, and establishing a streamlined process for addressing demurrage and detention complaints. NACD thanks Reps. John Garamendi and Dusty Johnson for their leadership in crafting and introducing this important bill.

Chemical distributors facilitate the movement of ingredients necessary for everyday life. Since many chemical products are no longer manufactured in the U.S., the country relies on these imported materials to function. NACD is proud to join with other critical U.S. industry associations in endorsing this important bill and we urge Congress to move it forward swiftly.”


NACD and its over 400 member and Affiliate companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third party-verified management practice. NACD was established in 1971 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. For more information ?on NACD and how the association is Celebrating 50 Years, visit