What is Harbor Maintenance Fee (HMF)
Updated: May 16, 2019
What is Harbor Maintenance Fee (HMF)? The Harbor Maintenance Fee was created by the Water Resource Act of 1986. The fee is intended to require those who benefit from maintenance of U.S. ports and harbors to share the cost of the maintenance. The fee became effective April 11, 1987, and has been assessed on port use associated with imports, exports, and movement of cargo and passengers between domestic ports. As of March 31, 1998, it is no longer collected on exports. The fee is currently .125% of the value of the commercial cargo shipped through identified ports. You can obtain a list of ports subject to HMF on the CBP web site. The fee, once collected by CBP, is deposited in the Harbor Maintenance Trust fund, from which Congress may appropriate amounts to pay for harbor maintenance and development projects and related expenses.
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