Port charges are the fees that shipping operators and their customers pay to port authorities for the use of the port’s facilities and services. Port charges can be a significant component (up to several percent) of the final price of consumer goods.
The EMAP – Empresa Maranhense de Administração Portuária, port authority which runs the Port of Itaqui, in São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil has warned shipowners, charterers and their representatives that a new port fee will be imposed as from March, 1st, 2019.
Port of Itaqui is a Brazilian port located in the city of São Luís, Maranhão. It is not to be confused with the city of Itaqui, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, near the border with Argentina. The main cargoes include aluminum ingots and bars, pig iron, general, dry and liquid bulk cargoes, soybean and copper.
The fee will impact local trade and shipping activities in all private terminals of the region.
This fee is BRL 0,44 p/ DWT and will be charged for ships that use the common navigable areas of São Marcos Bay to access the Ponta da Madeira Terminal, the Alumar Terminal and any other Private Use Terminal that may be installed in the region.
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The legality of such fees has been questioned. Our team of the São Luís Office is already preparing a deep analysis of the situation.
We at Promare Consultoria, Promare Cobranças and Rabb, Carvalho Advocacia are prepared to cover the needs of our clients. Together, we work in the search for greater legal certainty in comex and shipping transactions.