Possible U.S. port security fees
What sort of cost are we looking at? Under a scheme floated by Senator Fritz Hollings (D.-S.C.) fees imposed to fund various security initiatives would be:
Half the funds collected would be allocated to ports for security enhancements. The remaining funds would be split equally, with half being set aside for discretionary grants for protection of miscellaneous maritime assets and for shipper security programs and the other half being available for programs at the Maritime Administration, TSA, Customs, and the Coast Guard that would cover credentialing, Sea Marshals, AIS implementation, R&D on seaport security technology, and cargo screening equipment.
There will be extensive coverage on congressional action on maritime and port security--and its likely cost to the shipowner--at our September 17 & 18 conference MARITIME LEGISLATION, REGULATION & POLICY in Washington, DC