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Port Klang's container tariff hike deferred
Published on: Saturday, August 11, 2018

Putra Jaya: The second phase of the increase in Port Klang's container tariffs will be deferred to March 1 next year from Sept 1 this year.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said the ministry had agreed to the deferment to give more time to port users and other industry players to adapt and stabilise businesses to the Sales and Services Tax (SST), which would be reintroduced on Sept 1.

"This deferment is a clear indication of the government's commitment to ease the rakyat's burden besides taking into consideration the impact of the SST implementation," he said in a statement on Friday.

He said the review of Port Klang's container tariffs were made through the Port Klang Authority (Scale of Rates, Dues and Charges) (Amendment) By-Laws in 2015, whereby the increase in tariff charges by 30 per cent would be carried out in two phases.

He said the first phase of the 15 per cent tariff increase was implemented on Nov 1, 2015, with the second phase of the 15 per cent tariff increase scheduled on Sept 1 this year, three years after its first implementation.

The increase in the container tariffs was notified to all port users and industry players via the Port Klang Authority General Manager's circular in August 2015.

The staggered increase was to enable port users sufficient time to plan their business costings along the supply chain, he added.

Regardless of the deferment, Loke said the Port Klang Authority and the terminal operators, Northport and Westports, would continue their efforts to enhance port service levels and performance by further developing its facilities on supply-driven basis. – Bernama


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