Waterborne Commerce of the United States
The legal authority for the collection, compilation and publication of water- borne commerce statistics by the Army Corps of Engineers is Section 11 of the Rivers and Harbors Appropriations Act of 1922 (42 Stat. 1043), as amended, and codified in 33 U.S.C. 555 and provides the following:
Owners, agents, masters, and clerks of vessels and other craft plying upon the navigable waters of the United States, and all individuals and corporations engaged in transporting their own goods upon the navigable waters of the United States, shall furnish such statements relative to vessels, passengers, freight and tonnage as may be required by the Secretary of the Army: Provided that this provision shall not apply to those rafting logs, except upon a direct request upon the owner to furnish specific information.
Every person or persons offending against the provisions of this section shall, for each and every offense, be liable to a fine of not more than $5,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two months, to be enforced in any district court of the United States within whose territorial jurisdiction such offense may have been committed. In addition, the Secretary may assess a civil penalty of up to $2,500 per violation against any person or entity, that fails to provide timely, accurate statements required to be submitted pursuant to this section by the Secretary.
The commodity movement information collected and compiled is designed to meet the data requirements of the Department of the Army in connection with the duties assigned by Congress. These data also provide valuable information for other governmental departments, commercial and shipping concerns and others interested in the U.S. transportation industry.
Contact for Additional Information:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center
PO BOX 61280
New Orleans, LA 70161-1280
(504) 862-1441 or (504) 862-1426 FAX: (504) 862-1423