Proposed container fee legislation
will increase cost of groceries
By Bill Tatsuda
January 17, 2007
I received the message below
from Super Valu, my grocery wholesaler in Tacoma, WA. If this
legislation passes the cost of groceries and most other goods
will increase significantly in Ketchikan and Alaska.
To all Alaska Retailers,
The State of Washington is
considering a container fee for all containers coming in and
going out of the State of Washington. The fee is $50 per 20 foot
equivalent container. Most of the containers our customers use
are 40 footers so the fee would be $100 per container. The fee
would be for both inbound and outbound and therefore would be
$200 per container for a round trip. Your shipping companies
would have to pass these fees on to you.
I would urge you to contact
your new governor, Sarah Palin. Urge Governor Palin to contact
Washington Governor, Christine Gregoire, and let her know the
impact it will have on your bottom lines and cost of goods to
your consumers. We will be contacting our state representatives
as well to try to defeat this bill.
Received January 17, 2007 - Published January 17, 2007
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