Tugboat Co. Loses Bid To Avoid Repair Tariffs

Law360, New York (August 26, 2009, 2:31 PM EDT) -- A judge has ruled that San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a U.S. port for the purposes of ship repair tariffs, and that a tugboat company must therefore pay a duty of 50 percent of the cost of repairs that were performed in the Dominican Republic.

Judge Donald C. Pogue of the U.S. Court of International Trade found Tuesday that the Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co., an affiliate of the Great Lakes Group, did not qualify for an exception to the vessel repair statute of the...
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