Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Canada Deeply Concerned with U.S. Attempt to Apply Buy American Restrictions to Project at Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia

This Federal funded project will consist of the removal and replacement of the Prince Rupert ferry terminal facility that is owned by the Prince Rupert Port Authority and leased by the Alaska's Department of Transporation. The work includes: Demolition and removal of all existing marine terminal structures and construction of a new, modern ferry terminal facility

This work is funded by the United States Government through the Federal Highway Administration and the State of Alaska, Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. All iron and steel products associated with this project are subject to the provisions of the Buy America Provisions, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, 23 CFR 635.410. Reference Section 106-1.01 of the Special Provisions.

The Engineer's Estimate is between $10,000,000 and $15,000,000. All work shall be completed by March 1, 2016.

Yesterday the Honourable Ed Fast, Canadian Minister of International Trade, today issued the following statement:

“We are aware of and deeply concerned by the attempt by the U.S. to apply Buy American restrictions to a project at the Port of Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

“Taxpayers on both sides of the border would benefit from dismantling the trade barriers and inefficiencies created by U.S. protectionist policies such as Buy America. “On behalf of Canadian industry, our government has consistently opposed Buy American restrictions and will continue to do so.

“We are exploring all options to address this situation.”

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