Port rates backdating

Other operators are waiting for final agreements with their carmaker customers, who dictate the networks and ports used.

Those OEMs are likely to be looking for alternatives as eagerly as their logistics providers, however, as the annual increase in handling fees for the four operators using Derince is something that will translate into higher service charges.“The OEMs will end up paying the bills because it is their product,” said Sturgeon.

The Port has alleged some employees altered documents related to the worker's compensation claim.

A ,000 claim for travel and medical expenses triggered a corruption investigation that led to the firings.

Port of Newcastle Operations (PNO) should reduce its current charge for ships entering the port to carry Glencore Coal Assets Australia’s coal, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has determined.

The charge should be decreased by around 20 percent to AUD 0.61 per gross ton (GT), the ACCC said after it finalized its arbitration of a dispute between Glencore and PNO about terms and conditions for accessing the ‘declared’ shipping channel service at the Port of Newcastle.

This was backed up by Bjorn Svenningsen, head of sales and marketing for UECC.“We have shifted almost all our business out of Derince to other ports in Turkey,” he told .

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Charges for ships entering the port were then derived from this valuation.The ACCC has a role in arbitrating access disputes for services which have been ‘declared’ under Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth).The shipping channel service at the port, defined as ‘the provision of the right to access and use the shipping channels (including berths next to wharves as part of the channels) at the port, by virtue of which vessels may enter a port precinct and load and unload at relevant terminals located within the port precinct and then depart the port precinct’, was declared under Part IIIA by the Australian Competition Tribunal on June 16, 2016.Safi has offered to reduce SUV handling fees from a unit to , the same rate for passenger vehicles, but will not apply the reduction to those operators unwilling to sign the waiver, which is backdated to the beginning of March this year, when it took over the running of the port from the Turkish government.“Their bargaining tool is to say ‘if you don’t do this we won’t reduce your rate,” said one automotive expert close to the situation.“So this has just caused more bad feeling, and more anti-Derince sentiment.”As reported in May this year, bad feeling was already engendered when non-negotiable tariffs were suddenly imposed despite an existing pledge by the Turkish government that operating costs would not be increased for three years following the privatisation of Derince.

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