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Proposed container fee legislation will increase cost of groceries
By Bill Tatsuda


January 17, 2007
Wednesday PM

Dear Sitnews,

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.

Yours truly,

Bill Tatsuda
Tatsuda's IGA
Ketchikan, AK


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.

Greg Miller
Super Valu
Tacoma, WA

Received January 17, 2007 - Published January 17, 2007



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