Panama: Complaints Over Food Transfer Rates

The maritime union has requested a reconsideration of the transshipment tariffs governing food from the 1st of April, as it represents 48% more on operating costs.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

From a statement issued by the Maritime Chamber of Panama:

Panama, April 1, 2016. - The Maritime Chamber of Panama and unionized shipping lines in the CMP has called for a reconsideration on the part of the Panamanian Authority for Food Safety (AUPSA) over what they consider an unfortunate measure made by this entity.

In the Gaceta Oficial 27993-A published on March 18, 2016, the AUPSA made public ​​a new set of tariffs on the services provided.

According to the announcement by the Maritime Chamber this represents a sudden increase of up to 48% on the costs for the transshipment route for Panamanian food products from 1 April 2016.

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