The president of the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA), Kathryn Clay, has welcomed US president Joe Biden’s effort to prioritise infrastructure improvements in the US.
Biden will announce his infrastructure package on 1 April 2021 during an address in Pittsburgh. ILTA has been campaigning for infrastructure investment in the US, including for allocation of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.
‘ILTA echoes President Biden’s call for substantial investment to improve the nation’s infrastructure. Liquid terminals are connected to many modes of transportation, including ports, harbours, inland waterways, highways, rail and pipelines. All these transportation modes are essential channels for trade and interstate commerce,’ says Clay.
‘The need for infrastructure investment is clear. The American Society of Civil Engineers recently released a report card that gave America’s overall infrastructure a grade of C-minus. Inland waterways received an even lower grade of D-plus.
‘For decades, maintenance and upgrades to US waterways – whether inland or at the nation’s ports and harbours – has been woefully underfunded. We urge Congress to quickly take up the infrastructure package. America must position itself for a future that will include robust trade.’