MARAD Offering Cargo Preference Training Courses

This article has been reprinted from the USDA Sept. 19 Grain Transportation Report.

On September 12, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) launched newly accredited, web-based training courses on cargo preference laws and regulations.

The courses, developed in collaboration with Defense Acquisition University (DAU), are intended to enhance comprehension of and compliance with cargo preference laws by other Federal agencies, supporting contractors and program participants, such as loan and grant recipients.

Cargo preference laws and regulations statutorily mandate the use of U.S.-flag vessels for cargo purchased, furnished, or financed with federal funding. U.S. cargo preference laws require that 100 percent of military and at least 50 percent of non-military government cargo be carried on U.S.-flag vessels.

The laws protect the Nation’s cargo interest and help U.S.-flag operators remain competitive.

The public can access the courses at