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China to reduce port charges from April

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China’s Ministry of Transport and National Development and Reform Commission jointly issued notice to reduce port charges starting from 1 April.

Implementing a decision by an executive meeting of the State Councils to reduce and combine port charges, Ministry of Transport and National Development and Reform Commission issued measures to reduce shipper and ship owners logistics expenses and promote the optimization of port business environment.

According to the notice, port infrastructure security fee will no longer set by government and will be combined into port operation charges.

Pilotage fee for international vessels at 18 coastal ports will be reduced, including the port of Shenzhen, Meizhouwan, Rizhao, Jinzhou, Shanghai, Ningbo-Zhoushan, Dalian, Tangshan, Qingdao, Lianyungang, Zhanjiang, Fuzhou, Fangcheng, Weihai, Huanghua, Yantai, Xiamen and Quanzhou. The total reduced charges for those ports are estimated to be around RMB320m per year. 

The notice also mentioned to optimize charges policy for China-flag tugboats servicing for Yangtze river ports and expand the ship owners autonomous rights to decide whether to use the tugboat or not.


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