FTA has recently been successful in persuading TfL that the fleet scheme threshold should be lowered from 25 to 10 vehicles which is hoped will benefit many more operators enabling them to take advantage of simplified payment and administration arrangements.The Freight Transport ssociation has become very concerned regarding the search engine optimisation lack of direct response from the ports of Felixstowe and Thamesport on their intentions to charge shippers and port agents for port security measures.
FTA wrote to both ports last week (19 January) seeking dialogue on this issue but with two days left to the 1 February implementation date has yet to receive any reply. There seems to be a great reluctance to talk to us, but even worse there seems even less desire by the ports to revisit the issue with their principal customers – the shipping lines,’ said Dr Andrew Traill, FTA’s Head of Maritime Policy.
This is no way to treat those who are facing the prospect of having to find significant sums from their freight budgets to pay for this. Let’s not forget that they may well have to pay similar charges at the other end of the sea journey!‘FTA is fully supportive of what the British International Freight Association is saying in this argument: it looks as though the Hutchison ports are trying to make money out of security.
The shipping lines have told them they will not pay so they have gone for the easy option by targeting those making the import and export entries through the port community systems. It should be passed on to the lines in a normal commercial manner through port charges, and the lines should then add it into their overall costs and seek to cover the costs in a normal commercial fashion through the revenues they earn.Representing many companies that have hundreds, even thousands of containers passing through the two ports in question.