The Federal Maritime Commission voted 3-2 to adopt a report said to be critical of Canadian actions to encourage diversion of U.S.-bound cargo to Canadian ports.
The report followed an FMC inquiry launched last November after requests from Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, D-Wash., and several House members from the West Coast.
The lawmakers cited increased cargo volume at Prince Rupert and Vancouver, British Columbia, and noted that shipments via Canada do not pay the U.S. harbor maintenance tax on waterborne commerce.
The FMC said it plans to release the report on Friday. The commission’s request for comments on the issue elicited more than 80 comments from companies, associations, ports and governments.
Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky voted in favor of the report. Commissioner Rebecca Dye, who cast one of the “nay” votes, told an audience last month that FMC had found that over 10 years, only 2.5 percent of U.S.-bound cargo was imported via Canadian ports.
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