Federal tax forcing more cargo shipments to Canada instead of Seattle/Tacoma ports

Federal tax forcing more cargo shipments to Canada instead of Seattle/Tacoma ports
In this Thursday, May 16, 2013, photo, a blue sky begins to emerge from early morning clouds and fog as the Simpson Tacoma Kraft Company pulp and paper mill operates along with cargo container cranes at the Port of Tacoma, in Tacoma, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The federally enacted 1986 ‘harbor maintenance tax’ is tacked on to cargo container shipments coming into the United States to pay for harbor dredging at all US ports. But that extra fee means it’s cheaper for the shipping companies to unload cargo in Canada or Mexico. John Carlson talks to Seattle Port Commissioner, Tom Albro, about this tax which is forcing business out of the US. The kicker is that Washington Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are asking that the same tax be applied in Canada and Mexico rather than simply repealing the tax completely to make the US ports more business friendly.