Government Affairs

Your Voice in the Port

Since the 1870s, the Maritime Exchange has advocated for the Delaware River port community. Our activities are designed to promote and protect the businesses that make this community unique and successful. The Exchange is the only organization that speaks on behalf of all segments of the Delaware River maritime industry. Whether an issue is international, national, or local in scope, if it affects the maritime industry, we work to ensure that members’ views are considered as part of the decision-making process. Our successes are due to the working relationship with federal agencies, state and local government officials, regional Congressional members, and a strong and effective membership voice.

A membership in the Maritime Exchange connects you to legislators, regulators, policymakers, and government agencies concerned with international transportation issues, such as trade and quota issues, physical and cyber security, automation, safety, the environment, and dredging.

Government Agencies and Issues

  • Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • Census Bureau
  • Coast Guard
  • Coast Guard Hurricane Plans and Alerts
  • Coast Guard Ice Conditions and Alerts
  • Commerce Department
  • Customs and Border Protection
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Maritime Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Ocean Service
  • Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service

APHIS plays a vital role in ensuring the flow of agricultural trade by certifying that all imported agricultural products shipped to the U.S. meet the agency's entry requirements to exclude pests and diseases. These efforts support the overall mission of the USDA, which is to protect and promote food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues. Because of the huge volumes of agricultural products moving through the Delaware River, the Exchange closely follows APHIS regulations and speaks out when needed to protect this important trade.

APHIS News / Updates

APHIS Importation Notices

Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a major Army command made up of some 34,600 civilian and 650 military personnel, making it the world's largest public engineering, design, and construction management agency. Established in 1866, the Corps Philadelphia District manages the water resources of the Delaware River Basin and of the Atlantic Coast from New Jersey’s Manasquan Inlet to the southern boundary of Delaware.

The Corps FY17 budget contains funding to complete the Delaware River 45-foot Main Channel Deepening Project in 2017.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

An agency of the Department of the Interior, BOEM is responsible to oversee the safe and environmentally responsible development of energy and mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf. The Maritime Exchange supports renewable energy initiatives and applauds BOEM for its efforts to engage regional public- and private-sector maritime stakeholders as it considers new policies and seeks to implement the potential leasing for wind power in the Renewable Energy Framework area. Equally important, however, is the need to ensure navigational safety throughout offshore wind farms.

Coast Guard

Since 1790, the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation's maritime interests. Its missions include, among others, port state control, maritime security, search and rescue, and environmental stewardship.  Sector Delaware Bay is responsible for waterways in portions of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the entire state of Delaware.  Coast Guard personnel work closely with the Exchange and its members to meet the shared goal of keeping the waterway safe for navigation.

USCG Navigation, Security, and Safety

USCG Regulations, Rules, and Policies