Panama: Increased Fees for Ancillary Maritime Services

Businesses are complaining that upward adjustments in rates proposed by the Maritime Port Authority will make them less competitive.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Companies providing these services assert that the adjustments proposed by the Maritime Port Authority to the tariff regime amount to a 1,000% increase in the cost of the operating license. Currently this sector "... is going through a global adjustment process and if the rates for services increase, the cargo will be more expensive, as well as the logistics platform of the country."

Severo Sousa, president of the Logistics Business Council, told that "... The proposal involves several increases at different rates, coupled with the fact that companies are already required to contribute socially with 4% of their profits. If I you increase the cost of something but not the benefits, ie the ports are causing delays, the necessary permits do not come on time, there is too much bureaucracy in the process, companies will prefer to go elsewhere where perhaps there are the same delays in processes but the cost is lower. "

He added that "... That basically forces companies to put a percentage of their revenue into social development when this issue really is the responsibility of the government and although it is true that employers must take part in social development plans, it does not seem right that the government is trying to foist their primary responsibility on to the maritime private sector. "

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Cost of Operating in Acajutla Could Rise 16%

April 2015

Maritime industries say that if the new rates requested by the Autonomous Executive Port Commission are approved, logistics costs will increase by 16%.

The current tariff was established in 2005 but when it comes time to paying at the counter this rate increases because of additional charges, it is for that reason that the Superintendency of Competition (SC) through means of a study is proposing a revision and update of the existing rates, adding in these elements.

Panama: Secretariat of Logistics Created

April 2015

In response to requests from the private sector, approval has been given to the creation of the Ministry for Competitiveness and Logistics, a dependency of the Ministry of the Presidency.

The main function of the new Secretariat will be to coordinate and propose, together with other public institutions, solutions for improving issues related to the economy logistics and competitiveness policy.

El Salvador: Standardizing Port Charges

March 2015

A suggestion has been made to establish flat rates abroad and attract more port services companies in order to eliminate the concentration that exists today.

From a statement issued by the Superintendency of Competition in El Salvador:

The consultant Edgardo Gamarra, a specialist in competition and in the field of maritime port services, today introduced the "Study of the Conditions of Competition in the Maritime Port Sector in El Salvador" requested by the Superintendency of Competition. The Governing Board of the institution will analyze these results and then issue a resolution with recommendations to promote competition in this sector.

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