Speaker Tina Muna Barnes has asked the federal government for assistance to help develop Guam as a regional supply chain hub.
In her letter to Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior Doug Domenech, the Speaker pointed out that the U.S. supply chain has already been adversely affected because many Asian seaports are overcrowded and have limited potential for growth.
She pointed out that Guam’s location allows for a “robust hub and spoke system that would promote sourcing from multiple Asian countries and manage the distribution or assembly of products on island that would be classified as assembled on Guam, USA.
“We currently have established trade routes both via water transportation and air transportation that have played integral roles in our ability to keep goods moving,” Barnes said.
One approach proposed by the Speaker would allow for bulk goods to be shipped into the United States through Guam, and then, using a hybrid approach, flown into airports all across our country. This would allow American airlines to adapt to a post-COVID economy and also get goods into American communities at a much faster rate.
“Furthermore, should there ever be another global pandemic, being on American soil, would allow the Government of Guam and the United States Government a greater ability to protect American interests. Also unlike other foreign ports, where shipping crews were constantly exposed to a greater health risk and lacked access to adequate healthcare, our Jose D. Leon Guerrero Port of Guam has lived by its “PORT STRONG” motto since 1975 – withstanding super typhoons, and now a global pandemic,” the Speaker said.