A bill to halt shipping fees charged by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey was approved Thursday by the New Jersey Senate Transportation Committee.
“Imposing a fee on ocean carriers was a step in the wrong direction," said State Sen. Bob Gordon. He added the fee placed the port at a "competitive disadvantage."
In 2011, the port authority instituted a cargo facility charge (CFC) on all waterborne cargo, including empty containers. The fee is $4.95 for 20-foot containers, $9.90 for 40-foot containers, and $1.11 per unit for vehicle cargo. It is to help pay for road and rail infrastructure around the port.
The legislative committee approved the bill by a vote of 5-0, and it now heads to the full state Senate for consideration. The bill would take effect immediately, but would remain inoperative until similar legislation is enacted by New York. - Chris Dupin