The White House has authorized a waiver to loosen shipping rules on Puerto Rico to help with recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders made the announcement on Twitter Thursday morning.
"At @ricardorossello request, @POTUS has authorized the Jones Act be waived for Puerto Rico. It will go into effect immediately," Sanders wrote.
The announcement comes after Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló asked the Trump administration Wednesday night to loosen the shipping regulations.
The Jones Act was designed to protect the financial interests of US shipbuilders by limiting shipping by foreign vessels. However, it made it very expensive to ship things from the US to Puerto Rico. The governor said that loosening the shipping regulations would be a significant help for recovery efforts from Hurricane Maria.
Elaine Duke, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary, said the waiver will be in effect for 10 days and will cover all products being shipped to Puerto Rico, according to a press release.
“This waiver will ensure that over the next ten days, all options are available to move and distribute goods to the people of Puerto Rico. It is intended to ensure we have enough fuel and commodities to support life-saving efforts, respond to the storm, and restore critical services and critical infrastructure operations in the wake of these devastating storms,” said Duke.