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Ministry of Transport cuts and regulates governmental charges for shipping companies

2013-09-05

August 29, 2013, a press conference held by the Ministry of Transport announced that a number of charges in respect of shipping companies and operational vessels will be cut or regulated, including the cancellation, exemption or suspension of ten administrative charges, four regulatory and service charges and relative regulations, and further measures to regulate business and service charges. 

 

Liang Xiao’an, Spokesman and Director of Policy and Regulation Dept. of the Ministry of Transport, said that cutting and regulating governmental charges for shipping companies is a positive gesture to implement the Spirit of the 18th CPC Congress, accelerate the transformation of governmental functions, reduce administrative approval requirements, improve governmental services, leave more free space to the market and companies. This will help solving some important issues proposed by shipping companies and associations, improve the regulatory procedure and the market environment, reduce the burden on shipping companies and assist them to walk out of the current downturn.

 

Wang Mingzhi, Vice Director of the Department of Water Transport of the MOT, told the reporter that, according to the Sunshine Scheme, pilotage institutes should publish pilotage procedures, regulates pilotage fees and establish query systems. Without negative influences to the security and schedules of vessels, measures should be taken to lower service costs, including reducing pilot’s transportation fees and consulting together on the number of tug boats need to be equipped for basic operation.

 

Zhen Heping, Vice Director of the Maritime Safety Administration, told the reporter that maritime regulators will continue to study and improve the work on other charges and will focus on regulating charges by third parties resulted from maritime administration.

 

The administrative charges to be cancelled or exempted include: vessel certification fee, bilge analysis fee, maritime mediation fee, oil slick recovery fee, costal radio, telegram and telephone fee (vessel telecommunications costal fee incl.), review fee for vessel safety inspection application, escort fees for vessels inbound/outbound costal ports and the Yangtze River, and escort fee for LGN vessels inbound/outbound costal ports.

 

The regulatory and service charges and regulations to be cancelled or suspended include: exempting sample test fee in container opening inspection for shippers or agents, cancelling charges related to oil boom setting during bunkering operation, and suspending regulations on onboard contamination removal for international vessels before exiting domestic ports and regulations on coal physical inspection in domestic trade transportation.

 

Business and service charges to be regulated include: adjusting the rates system of institutes providing service in vessel transactions, cutting illegal charges made by local lock management stations, examining and adjusting operational charges, increasing transparency in pilotage, regulating pilotage fees, enhancing supervision in vessel agency market and investigating forced agenting issues in domestic vessels.

 

August 30, 2013
China Communications News

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