Tariff of Tolls

CourtGreat Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
Published date02 March 2022
Record Number2022-04219
Federal Register, Volume 87 Issue 41 (Wednesday, March 2, 2022)
[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 41 (Wednesday, March 2, 2022)]
                [Rules and Regulations]
                [Pages 11585-11587]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2022-04219]
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                DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
                Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
                33 CFR Part 402
                RIN 2135-AA52
                Tariff of Tolls
                AGENCY: Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation,
                Department of Transportation (DOT).
                ACTION: Final rule.
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                SUMMARY: The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
                (GLS) and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) of
                Canada, under international agreement, jointly publish and presently
                administer the St. Lawrence Seaway Tariff of Tolls in their respective
                jurisdictions. The Tariff sets forth the level of tolls assessed on all
                commodities and vessels transiting the facilities operated by the GLS
                and the SLSMC. The GLS is revising its regulations to reflect the fees
                and charges levied by the SLSMC in Canada starting in the 2022
                navigation season, which are effective only in Canada. An amendment to
                increase the minimum charge per lock for those vessels that are not
                pleasure craft or subject in Canada to tolls under items 1 and 2 of the
                Tariff for full or partial transit of the Seaway will apply in the U.S.
                (See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION). The Tariff of Tolls will be effective
                on March 21, 2022 in Canada.
                DATES: This rule is effective on March 2, 2022.
                ADDRESSES: Docket: For access to the docket to read background
                documents
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                or comments received, go to https://www.Regulations.gov; or in person
                at the Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation,
                1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140,
                Washington, DC 20590-001, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through
                Friday, except Federal Holidays.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Mann Lavigne, Chief Counsel,
                Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, 180 Andrews
                Street, Massena, New York 13662; 315/764-3200.
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway
                Development Corporation (GLS) and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management
                Corporation (SLSMC) of Canada, under international agreement, jointly
                publish and presently administer the St. Lawrence Seaway Tariff of
                Tolls (Schedule of Fees and Charges in Canada) in their respective
                jurisdictions.
                 The Tariff sets forth the level of tolls assessed on all
                commodities and vessels transiting the facilities operated by the GLS
                and the SLSMC. The GLS is revising 33 CFR 402.12, ``Schedule of
                tolls'', to reflect the fees and charges levied by the SLSMC in Canada
                beginning in the 2022 navigation season. With one exception, the
                changes affect the tolls for commercial vessels and are applicable only
                in Canada. The collection of tolls by the GLS on commercial vessels
                transiting the U.S. locks is waived by law (33 U.S.C. 988a(a)).
                 The GLS is amending 33 CFR 402.12, ``Schedule of tolls'', to
                increase the minimum charge per vessel per lock for full or partial
                transit of the Seaway from $29.72 to $30.31. This charge is for vessels
                that are not pleasure craft or subject in Canada to the tolls under
                items 1 and 2 of the Tariff. This increase is due to higher operating
                costs at the locks.
                 Regulatory Notices: Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the
                electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the
                name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment,
                if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.).
                You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal
                Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78) or you may visit
                https://dms.dot.gov.
                Regulatory Evaluation
                 This regulation involves a foreign affairs function of the United
                States and therefore, Executive Order 12866 does not apply and
                evaluation under the Department of Transportation's Regulatory Policies
                and Procedures is not required.
                Regulatory Flexibility Act Determination
                 I certify this regulation will not have a significant economic
                impact on a substantial number of small entities. The St. Lawrence
                Seaway Tariff of Tolls primarily relate to commercial users of the
                Seaway, the vast majority of whom are foreign vessel operators.
                Therefore, any resulting costs will be borne mostly by foreign vessels.
                Environmental Impact
                 This regulation does not require an environmental impact statement
                under the National Environmental Policy Act (49 U.S.C. 4321, et reg.)
                because it is not a major federal action significantly affecting the
                quality of the human environment.
                Federalism
                 The Corporation has analyzed this rule under the principles and
                criteria in Executive Order 13132, dated August 4, 1999, and has
                determined that this rule does not have sufficient federalism
                implications to warrant a Federalism Assessment.
                Unfunded Mandates
                 The Corporation has analyzed this rule under Title II of the
                Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4, 109 Stat. 48) and
                determined that it does not impose unfunded mandates on State, local,
                and tribal governments and the private sector requiring a written
                statement of economic and regulatory alternatives.
                Paperwork Reduction Act
                 This regulation has been analyzed under the Paperwork Reduction Act
                of 1995 and does not contain new or modified information collection
                requirements subject to the Office of Management and Budget review.
                List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 402
                 Vessels, Waterways.
                 Accordingly, the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development
                Corporation amends 33 CFR part 402 as follows:
                PART 402--TARIFF OF TOLLS
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                1. The authority citation for part 402 is revised to read as follows:
                 Authority: 33 U.S.C. 983(a), 984(a)(4), and 988, as amended; 49
                CFR 1.101.
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                2. Revise Sec. 402.12 to read as follows:
                Sec. 402.12 Schedule of tolls.
                 Table 1 to Sec. 402.12
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                 Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
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                 Rate ($) Welland
                 Rate ($) Montreal Canal--Lake
                 Item--description of charges to or from Lake Ontario to or from
                 Ontario (5 locks) Lake Erie (8
                 locks)
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                1. Subject to item 3, for
                 complete transit of the Seaway,
                 a composite toll, comprising:
                 (1) A charge per gross
                 registered ton (GRT) of the
                 ship, applicable whether
                 the ship is wholly or
                 partially laden, or is in
                 ballast, and the gross
                 registered tonnage being
                 calculated according to
                 prescribed rules for
                 measurement or under the
                 International Convention on
                 Tonnage Measurement of
                 Ships, 1969, as amended
                 from time to time \1\
                 (a) all vessels 0.1171............ 0.1874.
                 excluding passenger
                 vessels.
                 (b) passenger vessels... 0.3514............ 0.5621.
                 (2) a charge per metric ton
                 of cargo as certified on
                 the ship's manifest or
                 other document, as follows:
                 (a) Bulk cargo.......... 1.2142............ 0.8288.
                 (b) general cargo....... 2.9258............ 1.3265.
                 (c) steel slab.......... 2.6480............ 0.9496.
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                 (d) containerized cargo. 1.2142............ 0.8288.
                 (e) government aid cargo n/a............... n/a.
                 (f) grain............... 0.7460............ 0.8288.
                 (g) coal................ 0.7460............ 0.8288.
                 (3) a charge per passenger 0.0000............ 0.0000.
                 per lock.
                 (4) a lockage charge per n/a............... 0.3122.
                 gross registered ton of the
                 vessel, as defined in item
                 1(1), applicable whether
                 the ship is wholly or
                 partially laden, or is in
                 ballast, for transit of the
                 Welland Canal in either
                 direction by cargo ships,
                 Up to a maximum charge per n/a............... 4,367.
                 vessel.
                2. Subject to item 3, for 20 per cent per 13 per cent per
                 partial transit of the Seaway. lock of the lock of the
                 applicable charge applicable charge
                 under items 1(1), under items 1(1),
                 1(2) and 1(4) 1(2) and 1(4)
                 plus the plus the
                 applicable charge applicable charge
                 under items 1(3). under items 1(3).
                3. Minimum charge per vessel per 30.31 \2\......... 30.31.
                 lock transited for full or
                 partial transit of the Seaway.
                4. A charge per pleasure craft 30.00 \4\......... 30.00.
                 per lock transited for full or
                 partial transit of the Seaway,
                 including applicable Federal
                 taxes \3\.
                5. Under the New Business 20%............... 20%.
                 Initiative Program, for cargo
                 accepted as New Business, a
                 percentage rebate on the
                 applicable cargo charges for
                 the approved period.
                6. Under the Volume Rebate 10%............... 10%.
                 Incentive program, a
                 retroactive percentage rebate
                 on cargo tolls on the
                 incremental volume calculated
                 based on the pre-approved
                 maximum volume.
                7. Under the New Service 20%............... 20%.
                 Incentive Program, for New
                 Business cargo moving under an
                 approved new service, an
                 additional percentage refund on
                 applicable cargo tolls above
                 the New Business rebate.
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                \1\ Or under the US GRT for vessels prescribed prior to 2002.
                \2\ The applicable charged under item 3 at the Great Lakes St. Lawrence
                 Seaway Development Corporation's locks (Eisenhower, Snell) will be
                 collected in U.S. dollars. The collection of the U.S. portion of tolls
                 for commercial vessels is waived by law (33 U.S.C. 988a(a)). The other
                 charges are in Canadian dollars and are for the Canadian share of
                 tolls.
                \3\ $5.00 discount per lock applicable on ticket purchased for Canadian
                 locks via PayPal.
                \4\ The applicable charge at the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway
                 Development Corporation's locks (Eisenhower, Snell) for pleasure craft
                 is $30 U.S. or $30 Canadian per lock.
                 Issued at Washington, DC.
                Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
                Carrie Lavigne,
                Chief Counsel.
                [FR Doc. 2022-04219 Filed 3-1-22; 8:45 am]
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