US to investigate west coast cargo “diversion”

Canadian Chamber of Commerce opposed

October 7, 2011
by MM&D staff

On October 5th, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), a US agency that regulates ocean-bound shipping, decided to launch an investigation into the “diversion” of US cargo through Canadian ports.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement:

The Commission has a major task to examine the administration and impact of the US Harbor Maintenance Tax. This is a domestic US issue, and should remain one. Canadian ports and users are required to pay the full cost of the infrastructure they use. The Canadian Chamber will oppose any protectionist measures that will penalize Canadian ports, railways and all cargo carriers and make North America’s freight system more costly.

More to follow.