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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

British Columbia set to introduce carbon taxes on Shipping

The Canadian Province of British Columbia (BC) has announced plans to introduce a carbon tax on 1 July 2008, which inter alia will include a tax on the fuel consumed by ships.

 

In the case of international shipping the tax will be applicable when transiting between two or more BC ports and/or bunkering in BC, although we understand that, in this latter case, the tax should subsequently be rebated.

 

Details of the scheme are presently being finalised and members will be kept advised as soon as they become known.

 

INTERTANKO and other Round Table associations have made known a number of concerns, pointing out that the IMO currently has the subject of Green House Gas measures on the agenda of its Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) with a timetable to deliver international programmes by latest 2009, and highlighting the confusion that arises with unilateral local or regional schemes.

 

A copy of INTERTANKO’s letter to the Provincial and Federal authorities may be seen here

 

Contact: Peter Swift