Washington state’s two U.S. senators said they plan to introduce a bill next month to overhaul how the country collects and spends money to improve seaport freight infrastructure.
Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell said during a recent news conference that the current Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund neither collects enough revenue to fund needed projects nor spends enough of the money it collects.
The Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund receives its money from the Harbor Maintenance Tax collected from shippers importing goods at U.S. ports — something they’ve been able to avoid by going to Canada or Mexico instead and then bringing the goods into the United States by land, the senators said.
But a new Maritime Goods Movement User Fee would…
By Timothy Cama, Staff Reporter
This story appears in the Aug. 26 print edition of Transport Topics.