The Republicans said Friday that removing the prospect of tariffs on ship-to-shore cranes “would allow our ports to continue with important infrastructure upgrades and will prevent major disruptions to trade in the southeastern United States.”
“We hope you and your staff will consider the importance of fairness and predictability, so that American businesses can continue to create jobs and increase economic prosperity,” they told Lighthizer.
The push from Lynch and Georgia's senators comes three months after the Trump administration proposed setting aside a record $130.3 million for dredging work at the Savannah harbor.
The nearly $1 billion project to deepen the Savannah harbor bed from 42 feet to 47 feet is now more than halfway complete. Proponents say it will deliver $282 million in annual transportation savings to the country once it’s finished in 2022.
Georgia isn't the only port state that's asking for relief from proposed tariffs. South Carolina recently raised similar warnings about levying duties on cranes – the state's ports authority said a 25 percent tariff could cost them some $36 million, according to The Charleston Post and Courier.