tonnage duty

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Noun1.tonnage duty - a tax imposed on ships that enter the UStonnage duty - a tax imposed on ships that enter the US; based on the tonnage of the ship
tariff, duty - a government tax on imports or exports; "they signed a treaty to lower duties on trade between their countries"
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In 1789, Congress introduced a discriminatory port tonnage duty, which charged lower rates for domestically owned and built ships, a higher rate for domestically owned but foreign-built ships, and a much higher rate for foreign ships.
Congress has only granted a state the power to impose a tonnage duty once, for a brief period of time, more than two centuries ago.
The above quotes could certainly support a conclusion that Congress set out to assert national control over the lighthouses, and then looked to the tonnage duty as a means for funding it.
(43) Second, setting the domestic tonnage duty at zero and foregoing federal lighthouse operation could have threatened the system of a unified policy of discriminatory tonnage.