Maritime Goods Movement Act

The Pacific Northwest’s economy is directly related to our ports and the jobs they support.  Ports in the Northwest are diverse in their needs and challenges, representing all types of ports nationwide –naturally deep draft, shallow draft, large, small, rural and urban.  Over the past year and a half, a group of PNWA members have been developing a Northwest approach to strengthen the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund.  This collaborative effort includes the following key elements, which address the differing needs of ports all over the nation:

  • Comprehensive solution to address varying port needs in the nation
  • Establishes Maritime Goods Movement User Fee, to replace the current Harbor Maintenance Trust program
  • Ensures full use of annual receipts, with up-front set aside for small ports
  • Significantly increases operations & maintenance (O&M) funding to be used for actions including dredging and jetty repair
  • Restores a level playing field for U.S. ports and provides fair chance to compete
  • Provides funding for “super donor” ports—ports that generate significant HMT revenue but are not allowed to get a fair return from the HMTF.
  • Reinvests in our maritime and intermodal infrastructure to  move goods to market faster

U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell introduced the Maritime Goods Movement Act (S.1509) on September 18, 2013.  The full text is available here.

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Supporting materials
One page summary of bill
S.1509 full bill text
WCIT/PNWA letter in support of legislation
Ports of Seattle, Tacoma letter to Senators Murray and Cantwell
Port of Portland letter to Senators Murray and Cantwell
Port of Seattle Commission letter
WCIT letter to Senators Murray and Cantwell
Seattle Mayor’s letter of support
Link to small ports webpage on PNWA site
PNWA supported projects
PNWA Policies & Projects