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08/13/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/14/2019 13:05

Carter Announces Port of Savannah Crane Tariff Exemption

Congressman Earl L. 'Buddy' Carter (R-Ga.) announced today that the ship to shore cranes purchased by the Georgia Ports Authority for the Port of Savannah will be exempted from additional tariffs.

The United States Trade Representative today announced the Chinese imports which will include an additional tariff of 10 percent. Carter worked with the Georgia Ports Authority to ensure the cranes were exempted from these tariffs, including contacting United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. If the cranes were included, it could have added millions of dollars to the purchase of the new cranes.
'The Port of Savannah is the third largest and fastest growing port in the United States,' said Carter. 'These new cranes are critical to ensure the port is able to keep up with the continued growth.

Unfortunately, the tariffs posed a threat to the purchase of the new cranes. That's why I worked with the Georgia Ports Authority to ensure the cranes were exempted from the additional tariffs announced today.

While I applaud President Trump for putting America first and working to correct the unfair trade practices against the United States, adding tariffs to the purchase of these cranes would be detrimental to the port, therefore detrimental to the jobs and economy in our area and the entire nation.'