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Civilian Agencies Cargoes

What is Civilian Agencies Cargo?

The Cargo Preference Act of 1954 applies to all government-impelled cargo moving in international ocean trade, specifically "Civilian Agencies" cargo -- all cargo that is (1) not covered under the Military Cargo Preference Act of 1904 or (2) not covered under the Agricultural Food Aid Program.


MARAD's Office of Cargo and Commercial Sealift initiates and recommends regulations and procedures to help civilian agencies stay compliant with civilian cargo preference laws. Program efforts concentrate on working with private sector shippers, suppliers and ocean carriers, as well as applicable civilian Government Agencies, to ensure that all parties comply with the "Ocean Transportation by U.S.-flag Vessels" section of Federal Acquisition Regulations (48 CFR Subpart 47.5).

See our Cargo Preference Laws and Regulations page for guidance on civilian cargo.

Cargo Financed by the Export-Import (EXIM) Bank

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is the official export credit agency of the United States. Its mission is to help finance the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets by providing working capital guarantees (pre-export financing), export credit insurance, loan guarantees, and direct loans (buyer financing).

Per Public Resolution 17 (PR-17), 100% of certain cargoes generated by Ex-Im Bank loans and loan guarantees are required to be shipped exclusively on on U.S.-flag vessels. Visit the Ex-Im Bank shipping Guidance page for more details.


For questions about Civilian Agencies cargo or the Ex-Im Bank, contact the Office of Cargo and Commercial Sealift

Updated: Friday, July 19, 2019