Ocean Freight: New Rates in Moin

Starting August 17, APM Terminals' new rates for the Moin Container Terminal will come into effect in Costa Rica, rising from $257 to $262 for the loading and unloading service.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The increase from $257.43 to $261.60 represents an adjustment of $4.17 per container, which applies whether the container is full or empty, as stipulated in clause of the concession contract signed between the company and the government of Costa Rica.

This increase in tariffs comes in a complicated context, since in recent weeks’ difficulties have been reported in the operations of the maritime terminal.

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Edgardo Gonzalez, president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Shipping (NAVE), explained to Elobservador.cr that "... although the increase that will begin to apply this Saturday is in accordance with the stipulations of the contract, there was a desire that the company decide to dispense with this right. We already knew that this increase was coming. Sometimes one hoped that, in the face of the whole situation that has arisen from both operational problems and questioning, they would reserve the right not to make the increase.

Also see "Difficulties in Moin Persist

Gonzalez added that "... the issue does not depend so much on the amount of the increase as on the several situations that have surrounded the operation of APM Terminals since it began operations a few months ago. It is not so significant but it is important, especially since we have had the impact of the Value Added Tax that is being paid by imports. The issue is in the hands of the government."

At the end of June of this year, exporters reported that the operations of gantry cranes in Moin were inefficient, also reported physical damage to containers, damage caused by waiting for ships in the bay, and that the time of departure of the ship takes up to two hours, when before it was done in half an hour.

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