Weekly 5: Deal to reopen California ports

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com.

1. Deal to reopen California ports

Shipping companies and dockworkers have reached a tentative deal for 29 West Coast ports that should get imports and exports moving again, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The slowdown was already having an impact on the boating industry, with several boat builders reporting problems getting some parts and accessories in stock. Experts say it could still take months to clear the backlog at the busiest ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which handle 40 percent of the nation’s incoming container cargo.

2. House bill calls for repeal of red snapper quota

U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Ala., has reintroduced his Red Snapper Regulatory Reform Act, which seeks to amend the Magnuson-Stevens Act by, among other changes, repealing the Gulf Coast quota for red snapper.

Last year, Byrne’s bill was incorporated into the larger Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization draft language, which never passed the full House.

3. Georgia could get boat titles

In an effort to make managing taxes easier for boat owners and local municipalities, a Georgia state representative has introduced a bill allowing boaters to have titles for their boats.

Having titles would also make it easier for buyers to get loans and for the state to track sales and thefts, said Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah.

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