Ports and Terminals

Antaq determines that DP World must pay for access in full

Nov, 06, 2019 Posted by Sylvia Schandert

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The National Agency for Water Transport (Antaq) has determined that the private terminal DP World must pay the Santos Port Authority (Codesp) full port charges.

The terminal had requested Antaq to make the proportional remuneration for the use of waterway access and wanted to be charged by the port authority 75.48% of the amount stipulated in the official table, which would be equivalent to the use of public access structure to the Port of Santos channel, since the company already dredges its own berths and evolution basin.

In a statement, DP World stated: “The tariff cannot be levied on services performed exclusively by the terminal, and not by Codesp. Therefore, no unmotivated gain is sought, but only to prevent DP World from being doubly encumbered. ”

Another request made by the company is about the access made by Codesp’s private road, which gives access to the Cônego Dômenico Rangoni Highway to the terminal. In this case, the regulatory agency partially accepted the claim, maintaining the same tariff structure that is in force, valid for any user, whether destined for the public port or terminal for private use.

The decision of Antaq is not final and DP World is considering asking the regulatory agency to reconsider, considering that the agency “approached the issue without evaluating the court decision and produces the exact opposite effect of free and fair competition between terminals located inside or outside the Port of Santos.”

Source: A Tribuna

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