Labour unions propose fee on Chinese built vessels calling at US ports

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US labour unions, supported by Senators Tammy Baldwin and Bob Casey, propose imposing a fee on Chinese-built vessels docking at US ports. This proposal aims to counteract China’s shipbuilding practices, deemed unfair and harmful to US workers and national security. The initiative, filed under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, seeks an investigation by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) into these practices. The proposed fee, based on vessel tonnage and age, would fund a “US Commercial Shipbuilding Revitalization Fund” to rejuvenate the US shipbuilding industry, supporting investments in capacity, supply chains, and workforce through the reinstatement of the Construction Differential Subsidy program. This program, defunct since 1982, previously helped maintain the competitiveness of the domestic shipbuilding industry.

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