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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, May 12, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 Canadian traders receive kickbacks BURNABY, B.C. (CP) T The manager of Centennial Pier in Vancouver has suggested that large-volume Canadian traders are being paid under-the-table kickbacks to ship through Seat- tle rather than the Port of Van- couver. George Doyle told Vancouver Transportation Club members meeting here there is no above board economic reason why importers and exporters would ship toough the U.S. port. "Trans-Pacific tariffs to Se- attle and Vancouver are identi- he said. "Rail freight rates to toe east also are identi- cal. The reasons the U.S. port is preferred do not lie on the sur- face. There is no difference in dues superficially, traders pay exactly the same rate no matter which port ttey use." When a Burlington Northern Hallway employee told him that some traders say they pay S10 a ton less through Seattle, Mr. Doyle responded that it could only be so through payment of an illegal He suggested later that not deserve to pay less for fire insurance They do at Abstainers'. Because our experience has shown that abstainers have fewer accidents, fewer home fires. That's why we can in- sure for less. If you're a non-drinker, C3n you afford not to look into Abstainers' insurance for your home HUNT INSURANCE AGENCIES LTD. 1201 3rd.Ave. S. Phone 328-7777 ABSTAINERS' INSURANCE COMPANY only Company providing exclusively only importers and exporters, but possibly also shipping lines, are paid some form of kick- back. Mr. Doyle noted that small trading concerns likely are not party to the illegal payment and usually are unaware their cargo has entered through Se- attle rather than Vancouver, then called for a crusade to convince Canadian traders to ship' through Vancouver. He said that, in the last six to eight months, 45 per. cent of Trans-Pacific cargo destined for Canada, was landed in Se- attle, despite the equal rates. "There is notMng being done on this. It's imitating and I'm he said. Mr. Doyle, who recently .con- cluded a series of meetings with traders in eastern Canada, said one of their common com- plaints was a lack of liaison between port authorities here and cargo owners in the east. "They said, time after time, that Seattle had better public relations and a more effective sales he said. "I can believe that. Even if Seattle had only one person with those responsibilities they would be ahead of us, because we have none. But they don't, th'iy have many." Later, Jack Hopkins, manag- ing director of Empire Steve- doring, which runs Centennial Pier, said such kickbacks are "always a possibility but I don't know of any (specific) in- stance. I have no reason to think that's the case." He said in an interview there are certain economic advant- ages to shipping through Seat- tle. Qua is that because of a collective agreement clause stating that local containers cannot be taken off the dock without being "destuffed" (un- companies ship through Seattle straight to their Vancouver warehouse. They gave deck-warehouse trucking costs while the steamship lines absorb the Seattle-Vancouver shipping costs, he said. EAST AFRICA from Choose from 14 Safari holi- days amidst Africa's unique wildlife reserves and tropical beaches. Year-round weekly Jet departures. For color brochure contact: NILISTAR TOURS 106A-709 Dunsmuir, Van. B.C. (604) 687-1131 Res. 224-0087 cut out for the sea. The biggest bargain in travel today is the twenty-hour ocean voyage along British Columbia's magnificent Inside Passage. It's one of the highlights of the famous Totem Circle Adventure, You can drive the Circle, route to either Kelsey Bay or Prince Rupert; then board B.C. Ferries "Queen of Prince Rupert" for a cruise through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Your carorcamper goes with enjoy fine food and state- room accommodations all the way. Send this coupon now for details on the Totem Circle Adventure and a "Queen of Prince LH3E British Columbia Tsovrwassen Terminal, Delta, British Columbia, Canada. NAME. ADDRESS. TUV "QuMl oT Prfmw