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Harbor Maintenance Tax to be Replaced?

Senators Introduce the Maritime Goods Movement Act to replace the Harbor Maintenance Tax.

What is the Harbor Maintenance Tax?

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It is designed to fund the operation and maintenance of U.S. ports, but legislators claim that it currently incentivizes shippers to bypass American ports and move U.S.-bound goods through NAFTA — through Canada and Mexico instead.  According to the Journal of Commerce, the new legislation would replace the tax with a Maritime Goods Movement User Fee, which would assess a fee on all containers that originate internationally, including those that arrive by rail or truck.

To read more from Journal of Commerce, click here.

Port of Seattle introduces the Movement —  Watch the video here