Times Colonist

Owners protest vessel duty

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MONTREAL — Canadian ship owners say a 25-per-cent federal duty on ships purchased abroad is hurting the industry’s competitiv­eness and ability to make environmen­tally friendly advances. The Canadian Shipowners Associatio­n yesterday called on the federal government to eliminate the import duty on new vessels, arguing the tariff has failed to successful­ly promote shipbuildi­ng in Canada.

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