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Senators want to ‘level playing field’ for Puget Sound ports

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New legislation being proposed by U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray would help Puget Sound ports compete with those in Canada and Mexico, they say.

The senators want to do away with the Harbor Maintenance Tax charged on containers of cargo that come into the United States by sea. Instead, they would charge a fee on all containers that originate internationally, even if they come by rail or truck from Canada or Mexico. Then shippers wouldn’t be able to circumvent the charge by sending their goods through Canadian and Mexican ports.

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