Canadian Treaty Series
E100480 - CTS 1995 No. 41
EXCHANGE OF NOTES CONSTITUTING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AMENDING THE AGREEMENT CONCERNING THE APPLICATION OF TOLLS ON THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY, OF MARCH 9, 1959, AS AMENDED
The Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America to the Secretary of State of the United States of America
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 9, 1995
The Honourable Warren Christopher
Secretary of State
Washington, D.C. 20520
I have the honour to refer to the discussions which took place recently between officials of the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority of Canada and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation of the United States of America regarding the Memorandum of Agreement between those agencies, dated January 29, 1959, and the Tariff of Tolls set out therein, which were attached to the Exchange of Notes of March 9, 1959 between our two Governments, and amended in 1964, 1967, 1972, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994.
The discussions resulted in the signature of the enclosed Memorandum of Agreement by the President of the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority at Ottawa on March 23, 1995 and by the Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation at Washington on April 4, 1995. This Memorandum of Agreement sets forth amendments to the Memorandum of Agreement of January 1959, as amended, which deal with revisions to the incentive tolls program.
I have the further honour to propose that this Note and the enclosed Memorandum of Agreement, which are both authentic in English and French, if such meets with the approval of your Government, together with your Note in reply indicating such concurrence, shall constitute an Agreement between our two Governments, which shall enter into force on the date of your reply.
Upon entry into force, this Agreement shall amend the Agreement concerning the Application of Tolls on the St. Lawrence Seaway of March 9, 1959, as previously amended.
Accept, Mr. Secretary, the renewed assurances of my highest consideration.
Memorandum of Agreement
MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT
MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT between The St. Lawrence Seaway Authority, hereinafter referred to as "Authority" and the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, hereinafter referred to as "Corporation", respecting the Memorandum of Agreement between the parties dated January 29, 1959, as amended, hereinafter referred to as the "Agreement" and the St. Lawrence Seaway Tariff of Tolls, hereinafter referred to as the "Tariff".
WHEREAS Clause 4 of the Agreement provides that "subject to confirmation in accordance with applicable law", changes that "will be compatible with the general terms of the Tariff" may be made by the Authority and the Corporation.
NOW THEREFORE, the Authority and the Corporation have agreed to recommend to their respective Governments the fo1lowing amendments to the Agreement and the Tariff:
1. THAT Sections 7, 8, 9 and 10 of the Tariff be revoked and the following substituted therefor:
Incentive Tolls Program
7. (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Tariff, the portion of the composite toll related to charges per metric ton of cargo charged on new business shall be reduced by fifty percent for a Seaway transit beginning and ending during the 1995 navigation year.
(2) The discount mentioned in (1) above shall be granted for the remainder of the navigation season if:
(a) a vessel carries, for each transit, 1,000 metric tons or more of new business or a minimum of 1,000 cubic metres of new business project cargo; and
(b) a complete and accurate application for a new business discount is submitted to the Authority for evaluation and audit prior to the beginning of a Seaway transit.
(3) For the purposes of this section, "new business" means cargo that has not moved through a Seaway lock between an origin and a destination as defined below during the navigation seasons of 1992,1993 and 1994 or cargo that has moved through a Seaway lock in quantities representing less than five percent of the average of Seaway traffic between an origin and a destination during the navigation seasons of 1992, 1993 and 1994. For the purposes of this subsection, "origin" and "destination" mean the country in which cargo is loaded or unloaded, but if the cargo is loaded or unloaded in North America, "origin" and "destination" mean the geographic region in which cargo is loaded or unloaded, those geographic regions being as follows:
(i) the Gu1f of St. Lawrence to St. Lambert Lock;
(ii) St. Lambert Lock to Cape Vincent on the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario and the Welland Canal;
(iii) Lake Erie, Lake Huron and connecting waters;
(iv) Lake Michigan;
(v) Lake Superior and St. Mary's River; and
(vi) ports elsewhere in North America in regions not specifically described in (i) through (v).
8. (1) A volume rebate shall be granted to a shipper of downbound cargo or to receiver of upbound cargo at the end of the 1995 navigation season after payment of the full toll specified in the Schedule under the Tariff if shipments of a particular commodity during 1995 exceed by a minimum of 25,000 tonnes the shipper's or receiver's highest tonnage for that particular commodity during 1991, 1992, 1993 or 1994 in the Seaway. Shippers will be qualified based on the particular commodity loaded at their port of origin, and receivers located within the Seaway will be qualified based on the particular commodity unloaded at their port of destination. Shippers and receivers located within the Seaway will be qualified based on the total of their upbound and downbound shipments or receipts of the particular commodity. Should a shipper and receiver of the same commodity qualify for a volume rebate, the rebate will be divided equally between the shipper and the receiver.
(2) Volume rebates shall be granted only with respect to commodities whose shipper and receiver have shipped or received the subject commodity in the years 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994 and have not been the subject of a merger or take-over during 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 or 1995.
(3) The volume rebate shall be equal to a fifty percent reduction of the portion of the composite toll related to charges per metric ton of cargo paid for the shipments that surpass the shipper's or receiver's highest tonnage for that commodity during 1991, 1992, 1993 or 1994. Payment of rebates will be made directly to the qualified receiver or shipper.
(4) A description of the shipper's or receiver's Seaway traffic history for 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995 by port, vessel name, transit date, commodity description and tonnage shall be submitted by the shipper or receiver prior to the end of 1995 and shall be subject to audit by the Authority.
(5) Cargoes having been the subject of a new business discount or an alternate use of bulker discount described in section 9 below shall be excluded from the statistics used for the calculation of volume rebates.
9. Notwithstanding anything in the Tariff, the toll for steel slab, general, or containerized cargo for any vessel documented under the laws of the United States or registered in Canada in accordance with the laws of Canada that has been engaged primarily in the bulk trade within the St. Lawrence Seaway/Great Lakes system during the three navigation seasons immediately preceding the applicable season shall, upon written application to the Authority or the Corporation prior to the beginning of a Seaway transit, be the toll charged for food grains specified in the Schedule under the Tariff.
10. Notwithstanding anything in the Tariff, a carrier, shipper or receiver shall obtain during a single navigation season, with respect to the same shipment, only one of the following three: a new business discount, a bulk trade discount described in section 9 above or a volume rebate.
2. AND THAT no other amendments are being made to the Agreement.
Executed at Ottawa, this 23rd day of March, 1995.
BY THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY AUTHORITY
Glendon R. Stewart, President
Executed at Washington this 4th day of April, 1995
BY SAINT LAWRENCE SEAWAY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Stanford Harris, Administrator
The Secretary of State for the United States of America to the Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America
DEPARTMENT OF STATE
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 18, 1995
His Excellency Raymond Chretien,
Ambassador of Canada
I have the honor to refer to your Note No.142 of August 9, 1995, which refers to the Agreement between our two governments governing tolls on the St. Lawrence Seaway, effected by exchange of notes March 9, 1959, with the annexed Memorandum of Agreement of January 29, 1959, as amended, and to the Memorandum of Agreement, signed March 23 and April 4, 1995 by officials of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation of the United States and the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority of Canada, which was enclosed with your note, and which sets forth amendments to the Memorandum of Agreement of January 29, 1959.
I have the further honor to inform you that the proposed revisions to the incentive tolls program are acceptable to the Government of the United States of America, and that your note, with the enclosed Memorandum of Agreement, together with this note in reply shall constitute an Agreement between our two governments to further amend the Agreement governing tolls on the St. Lawrence Seaway, which shall enter into force on the date of this note.
Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest consideration.
For the Secretary of State
Richard E. Hecklinger