Canadian shippers: Proposed U.S. fee hike 'staggering,' unjustified

(OTTAWA) — Canadian cargo ships may soon be facing a hefty cost increase for inspection at American ports on the Great Lakes, CBC News reported. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed raising the fees for agricultural quarantine and inspection of ships from $496 to $825, along with eliminating the annual fee cap per vessel. "These staggering fee hikes fly in the face of President Obama’s oft-spoken commitment to the efficient flow of goods between our two nations," said Stephen Brooks, president of the Canadian Chamber of Marine Commerce.

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By Professional Mariner Staff