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Maine politicians seek rule change to ease lobster shipping

The four-member delegation sent a letter to federal officials on Tuesday, calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to clarify a federal rule about the definition of agricultural commodities
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Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 1:55 PM EST
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The congressional delegation from Maine is pushing for a federal rule change it says would make it easier to transport live lobsters.

The four-member delegation sent a letter to federal officials on Tuesday, calling on the U.S. Department of Transportation to clarify a federal rule about the definition of agricultural commodities.

The rules set maximum hours and safety standards for commercial truck drivers.

The delegation members say a previous farm bill changed the statutory definition of livestock to include animals such as fish and crawfish, but did not explicitly include lobsters.

Lobsters are one of the most valuable exports from Maine, which is where most of the U.S. lobster industry is based.

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