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Proposed Tariff On Port-related Charges With Ministry

The proposed Tariff Review Submission has been referred to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism. It was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary Shaheen Ali yesterday. Mr Ali said at
06 May 2015 09:28
Proposed Tariff On Port-related Charges With Ministry

The proposed Tariff Review Submission has been referred to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

It was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary Shaheen Ali yesterday.

Mr Ali said at this stage the ministry would make published statements once it has finalised recommendations of the report.

The comments come after an inquiry was sought by Sun Shipping on the submission to the stakeholders.

A report on the submission was first published on March 10. The Fiji Commerce Commission at that time did not wish to make a comment on matter.

Yesterday it said the report had been referred to the ministry.

About the submission

The proposal was made by Fiji Ports Corporation Limited and Fiji Ports Terminal Limited.

Its overview was to implement increases in current charges offered by the two entities that would see improved and upgraded services.

Fiji Ports Terminal chief executive Hasthika Dela said they had yet to receive an update on the issue adding it would keep Sun Shipping in the loop.

It is understood the review has been a long time coming. 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.

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.

The Fiji Ship Owners & Agency Association chairperson, Jeffrey Lin said, they too had not heard of the tariff increases.

And at this stage there was no timeframe provided ‘if ever these changes will happen’, he added.

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