Since 1920, The Virginia Maritime Association has been “The Voice of Port Industries” working on behalf of our maritime industries with the Virginia General Assembly, Federal Representatives, as well as Locally Elected, addressing issues that directly affect businesses related to Virginia’s ports.
Throughout the VMA’s nearly 100 years, the Virginia General Assembly has heard our voice and acted to protect the interests of the maritime industries, such as:
• Support and funding for road and rail infrastructure
• Establishing state tax credits to incentivize cargo growth
• Bringing an end to duplicative workers compensation requirements faced by maritime employers
• Resolving the issue of rents and royalties paid for state bottomlands
• Maintaining the sales and use tax exemptions for the maritime industry
2016 - Historic $350 million bond package which will add the capacity to handle an additional 400,000 containers through Norfolk International Terminals,
2014- Appropriation of $6.2 million was made that year for the planning and preliminary engineering for dredging the Norfolk Harbor to a depth of 55 feet and the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River to depths up to 45 feet, and the strengthening of state laws pertaining to privatization of Virginia’s state-owned terminals.
For additional: Legislative Highlights 2000-2016 or Historical Advocacy Milestones
“Port Day” is hosted by VMA each year during the Virginia General Assembly. All 140 Delegates and Senators are visited by VMA member representatives providing the opportunity to share, bring awareness and answer questions.