JAYA: A number of major ports in Malaysia plan to increase port
tariffs or introduce new tariff items going forward.
is because the revision of some of the tariff items has been long
overdue. The move is also to match the investments that have been
made to expand the ports.
Klang Authority acting general manager Capt David Padman toldStarBiz that
some of the new rates should be applicable by the first quarter of
2012 pending the Transport Ministry’s approval.
revision of a number of tariff items including conventional cargo
and marine services for Port Klang has been mooted since three years
is because a large section of the conventional tariff has not been
revised for 45 years since the days when Port Klang was administered
by the Malayan Railways.
terminal operators have many times requested charges to be increased
in line with the investments in the facilities and services
including the construction of new berths, purchase of new cargo
handling equipment and subsequent maintenance of the facilities.”
said terminal operators had also requested an increase in marine
service charges as fuel prices had increased substantially since
extensive examination of the proposals by the operators and
subsequent consultation with the industry and port users, charges
for conventional cargo handling such as stevedorage, wharf handling
and storage would be increased, Padman said.
the other hand, certain charges such as wharf labour and third-shift
surcharge have been withdrawn as they are no longer justified given
the scope of current port operations.
service tariffs will see a slight increase while container handling
will see new charges for containers of more than 40 ft long,” he
was reported in StarBiz last
month that Penang Port Sdn Bhd also planned to introduce new tariffs
in the middle of next year.
operating officer Obaid Mansor was quoted as saying that the
proposal to raise port tariffs, comprising largely cargo-handling
and ship charges, had been submitted to the Penang Port Commission.
Port tariffs were last revised in 2003 and implemented in 2007,
which saw a 30% increase in handling charges for container cargo to
the present rate of RM182 for a 20-ft container and RM273 for 40-ft
80% of the cargo handled at Penang Port’s North Butterworth
Container Terminal comprises full container load cargo, which is
expected to generate 75% of Penang Port’s revenue this year
compared with about 65% in 2010.
ports in Johor namely Johor Port and Port of Tanjung Pelepas, (PTP)
are also expected to introduce new tariffs of some sort.
for both ports, Datuk Mohd Sidik Shaik Osman said Johor Port had
recently received approval for a small revision of its port tariff
only after 24 years.
new port tariff at the Johor Port has been effectively implemented
since August 2011.
previous revision in Johor Port’s tariff was in 1987,” he said.
for PTP, Mohd Sidik said it was currently exploring with the Johor
Port Authority on the possibility of introducing new tariff items
which were not currently prescribed.
the expected impact on port users will be very minimal,” he said.
of last year, Port Klang, which comprises Northport and Westports,
were ranked at 13th place in the global container ranking by volume
at 8.87 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).
came in at 16th place last year with a volume of 6.54 million TEUs,
was reported that for the first five months of this year, Malaysian
ports handled a total of 8.2 million TEUs, up 10.9% from the same
period last year.