P.L. 480 Title I Transportation Issues

T-NSIAD-90-8: Published: Nov 7, 1989. Publicly Released: Nov 7, 1989.

Additional Materials:


Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800

GAO discussed the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) management of ocean transportation of Public Law 83-480 commodities. GAO noted that: (1) USDA implemented open bidding for commodity transportation to minimize problems in the bidding and negotiation process; (2) recipient countries' delays in paying vessel owners increased commodity shipping costs; (3) the clustering of tenders during the third and fourth quarters of the fiscal year increased freight costs, since such clustering caused a heavy demand for a limited number of vessels; and (4) government and shipping industry officials have proposed that USDA assume the country agent role because of concerns about country agent fees, questionable payments, and tenders structured to favor particular vessel owners.

Oct 5, 2017

Sep 20, 2017

Sep 7, 2017

Aug 28, 2017

Aug 3, 2017

Jul 27, 2017

Jul 26, 2017

Jul 20, 2017

May 31, 2017

Looking for more? Browse all our products here