China Competitiveness Bills & Ocean Shipping Reform Act Set for Action this Week

March 22, 2022

Senate Set to Act on Key Privacy Legislation, Senate Commerce Committee to Mark Up Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA)


Over the weekend, the Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) indicated he would bring the House passed COMPETES Act, (H.R. 4521) to the Senate floor this week, where he may choose to insert the Senate approved S. 1260, the US Innovation and Competition Act (USICA), before a Senate vote. As the bills differ in content, a final version will be determined by House and Senate appointed conferees.


The USICA contains a long-standing and sought after priority for IAM and others in the household goods moving and storage arena regarding disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from all manifest (vessels included). As many members know, PII for HHG shipments arriving into the U.S. can escape into the commercial world, unintentionally exposing PII of the families being moved. The USICA would require PII removal before the manifest is released (for sale, or otherwise) to the public. That language is below.


"The Secretary shall ensure that any personally identifiable information, including Social Security account numbers and passport numbers, is removed from any manifest signed, produced, delivered, or electronically transmitted under this section before access to the manifest is provided to the public."


Once appointed, IAM will urge the conferees to keep this key provision in the final version of the bill.