“(The authority) thinks it is passed along by us to our customers who then pass it on to consumers who end up paying a penny more for a bunch of bananas,” Morgante said. “But it’s falling on the ocean carriers to absorb this cost.”
The port authority eliminated two fees when it enacted the cargo facility charge — a rail lift fee of $57.50 for each container and a Sea-Link terminal subscription fee that varied depending on volume.
However, Maersk spent 13% more on the cargo facility charge in 2012 than it would have spent on the rail lift fee alone, company officials said.
When the port authority enacted the cargo facility charge it stated the money would be used for three primary purposes:
- recovery of construction costs related to ExpressRail infrastructure;
- recovery of the costs of port roadway projects; and
- recovery of costs associated with post 9-11 security expenses.