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Fiji Ports Corporation, Fiji Ports Terminal Submit Charges Review Admist Efficiencies

Proposals have been sent to the Fiji Commerce Commission relating to vessel and port-related activities at our international shipping ports of entry. The submission titled The Tariff Review Submission was
11 Mar 2015 08:05
Fiji Ports Corporation, Fiji Ports Terminal Submit Charges Review Admist Efficiencies
Cargo ship, MV Sea Jade (left) and cruise vessel, Marina at the Suva Harbour on March 8. Marina was making her way into Port of Suva. She was carrying 1121 passengers.

Proposals have been sent to the Fiji Commerce Commission relating to vessel and port-related activities at our international shipping ports of entry.

The submission titled The Tariff Review Submission was sent by Fiji Ports Corporation Limited and Fiji Ports Terminal Limited and would see an increase in current charges offered by the two entities.

It is understood the review has been a long time coming. This is given the recent overhaul and reforms undertaken by Fiji Ports Terminal and Fiji Ports Corporation.

The increases are in the vessel and port-related activities like container handling charges, dry bulk cargo, stevedoring etc.

This would see an improvement in turnaround times and bring about more efficiency to port-related activities as witnessed since Aitken Spence PLC took over port management operations in July 2013.

Hub

In turn, this is anticipated to attract more shipping lines into our ports and fulfilling Government’s pursuit in making Fiji as the regional hub of the South Pacific.

Fiji Ship Owners and Agency Association newly-elected chairman, Jeffrey Lin said confirmed the association too had lodged its submission to the commission.

They now await feedback, he added.

“At this point in time, the process is still in its consultation stage therefore the association would prefer to not pre-empt anything for now.”

This increase would mean added cost for shipping principals and as a result will likely trickle down to exporters and importers.

Fiji Ports Terminal chief operating officer, Hasthika Bandara Dela said: “Like any other organisational tariffs, port tariff too needs to be reviewed periodically to meet the organisation’s goals.

“We have sought FCC’s approval to increase few items on the current tariff.

And the Fiji Ports Corporation chief executive Vijira Piyasena said:“Independent proposals submitted by FPCL and FPTL to Fiji Commerce Commission as we have received a request from FCC to submit any proposals relating to this aspect.”

He added at this stage, only the commission would be able to determine when amendments and updates of the review will be submitted.

It is understood the Commerce Commission is undertaking the extensive review and will only release a date when it has completed the consultations.

Last review

The last review was undertaken in July 1 2013 following on from its final determination of tariff for Fiji Ports Corporation Limited in September 22, 2009.

The Fiji Commerce Commission at that time decreased particular charges by 8.82 per cent.

However, Mr Piyasena said confirmed the changes were never implemented.

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