Proposal of lowering container service charges rejected by MOT
The proposal of cutting container loading and unloading services fees at seaports by 30 per cent to support import-export companies was rejected by The Ministry of Transport.
The explanation for this rejection, as from the ministry, is that the current container loading and unloading service fees of Việt Nam were much lower than that of other countries in Southeast Asia. Thus, a 30 per cent reduction would negatively affect Việt Nam’s seaport enterprises. Meanwhile, the reduction would bring more benefits to foreign shipping lines because they still collect relatively high fees on Việt Nam’s import and export companies.
Recently, from some port operators’ estimation, the volume of goods transported through seaports saw significant declines and was forecast to drop by 60 per cent in the second quarter of this year, which would significantly reduce seaport revenues. Further cuts in container landing and unloading service fees would be unreasonable in the context that seaport operators were already facing difficulties.
The Ministry also urged Việt Nam Maritime Administration (Vinamarine) to propose amendments to the Circular 54/2018/TT-BGTVT about seaport service fees for approval in this September to ensure harmonisation of benefits.
The volume of goods via seaports started to slow down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the reduction was not significant.