issue between shippers, depot operators
International Shipowners' Association of Malaysia (ISOA) has
clarified that the container depot operators' move to impose a RM5
fee for every empty container that is returned to or taken from
their depots in Penang, Port Klang and Pasir Gudang, is a matter
entirely between the depot operators and the shippers.
It was responding to yesterday's report by Business Times quoting
Malaysian Container Depot Association (MCDA) president Kamsol Warjan
that it has received protests from shippers and shipping lines, who
were represented by the Selangor Freight Forwarders and Logistics
Association, the Central Region Shipping Association, the Malaysian
National Shippers' Council (MNSC), the Federation of Malaysian
Manufacturers (FMM) and ISOA with regards to its move.
In a public notice dated July 28 2008, MCDA said a Depot Gate Charge
(DGC) will be levied on shippers for their usage of the depot
facilities from August 1 2008.
"Whether they (depot operators) have a legal position to charge the
DGC is arguable. Firstly, the DGC is a gate transit charge as the
merchant's trucks are transitting into their facility similar to
what the airport is charging in the form of airport tax for airline
passengers transitting and using the airport facilities," said ISOA
chairman Ooi Lean Hin in a statement yesterday.
is also similar to Penang Port charging a general charge of RM1.40
per revenue tonne to the merchant for cargo transitting in and out
of the port.
"Clearly in both these examples, the airport and the Penang Port
have no contract with the passenger or merchant but they both seem
to have the legal basis to raise a charge to both these parties.
"Therefore, the basis for the DGC here is for maintaining the
facility for the merchant's trucks to transit in and out," he added.
Ooi said secondly, the DGC is to cover for operational costs beyond
the depot operators' contractual hours, which are basically the
night hours which require both manpower and lighting costs.