Notice to the Trade



On November 13, 2009, Liberty Maritime Corporation appealed the Maritime Administration’s decision of November 3, 2009 with respect to the vessel designations for the M/V LIBERTY GLORY, M/V LIBERTY GRACE and M//V LIBERTY  EAGLE.  Liberty’s appeal is a consolidated appeal of all three decisions in dockets MARAD 2009-0094, MARAD 2009-0095, and MARAD 2009-0096, available at, and is taken pursuant to the Interagency Memorandum of Understanding dated September 4, 2009, and published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 47308).

This notice is to advise those parties who submitted written comments on Liberty’s self-designations in the above-referenced dockets (Sealift, Inc., Maersk Line, Limited, and American President Lines, Ltd.) that they may comment on the matters raised in Liberty’s consolidated appeal.  Any such comments must be electronically submitted to the appropriate docket and to the Secretary of the Maritime Administration by 5 PM EDT on November 23, 2009 and to  Liberty may electronically submit a reply to any such comments to the appropriate docket and to the Secretary of the Maritime Administration by 5 PM EDT on November 27, 2009.


Supplemental Guidance

The documents listed below provide Supplemental Guidance to shippers and carriers of Government-impelled cargoes.


Document Reference                Document Title

OCP-2009-01 Vessels, Owners, Operators Prohibited from Carrying Government Impelled Cargo
OCP-2009-02 Prioritization of U.S.-Flag Shipping Services - Listing of priorities of U.S.-flag shipping services for compliance with cargo preference requirements of the Cargo Preference Act of 1954
MIL-2009-01 Transportation Requirements for Department of Defense Projects in Guam
AG-2009-01 “The United States Government is currently in the process of reviewing the manner in which the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are conforming with the Cargo Preference Act ("CPA"), 46 U.S.C. § 55305 et seq., which requires that a minimum percentage of ocean cargo generated by certain Government programs be transported on U.S.-flag vessels. While that review process is pending, the agencies that operate CPA-related programs have agreed to comply with the CPA in a uniform manner. The details of that agreement can be found [here].”

AG-2009-03 Procedures for Determining Vessel Categories

AG-2009-02 Memorandum of Understanding among the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Agency for International Development Regarding Procedures for Determining Vessel Service Categories for Purposes of the Cargo Preference

MIL-2010-01 Notice to the Trade - Reminder of Priority System to Maximize the Use of U.S.-Flag Vessels for DOD Cargoes

MIL-2010-02 Summary of Procedures to Follow Under Department of Defense Contracts When U.S.-Flag Service is Not Available  (updated 8/6/2013)


For more information regarding cargo preference, please visit the following links:

Office of Cargo Preference and Domestic Trade

Cargo Preference Laws and Regulations


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