US President Barack Obama’s proposed budget for 2017 falls short in several aspects relating to seaports, according to an assessment by a trade association for the region’s ports.
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) praised the budget proposal – released last week – for boosting investment in landside freight transportation.
But a spokesman for the Alexandria, Virginia-based body said it was “disappointed” in the levels of funding for navigation infrastructure, port security and anti-pollution measures.
In particular, it noted reductions in funding for: the US Army Corps of Engineers’ coastal navigation programmes; the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Port Security Grant programme.
In pointing out the discrepancy between funding choices for land-based and sea-based trade, the AAPA’s president Kurt Nagle referred to “a grossly imbalanced budget”.
The AAPA is an all-Americas alliance of the ports of the US, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.