KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor
WASHINGTON D.C. – Washington senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have introduced a bill that would get rid of a harbor tax and encourage international shippers to bring cargo through Washington State’s ports.
Eric Schinfeld is the president of the Washington Council on International Trade.
He says 27 percent of cargo going through west coast ports, like the Port of Bellingham, is at risk of being moved through Canada instead.
The bill would discourage shippers from trying to use this loophole by replacing the tax with a ‘maritime goods movement user fee.’
He says it would also make sure the money collected from these user fees is fully invested in port operation and maintenance, so that U.S. ports remain competitive globally.