Tag: legislation

Shanghai, Ningbo punished for violating anti-monopoly law

anti-monopoly port law

Four major Chinese ports have been found violating the anti-monopoly law: Shanghai International Port (Group) Co. Ltd., Tianjin Port (Group) Co. Ltd., Qingdao Port (Group) Co. Ltd. and Ningbo Zhoushan Port Co. Ltd. On 15 November 2017, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) held a press conference, where Meng Wei, an NDRC spokeswoman, told […]

Russian ports to charge “investment dues” already in 2017

port investment dues

The Russian Ministry of Transport has drafted regulations to introduce the so-called “investment dues” at the nation’s seaports. The money collected through these fees are meant to be invested in construction and development of the state-owned facilities at the seaports. However, this may decrease the competitiveness of the Russian ports, writes PortNews. The relevant documents […]

Russian ports pressed to charge in rubles

Russian port handling charges

The question of stevedoring rates in the Russian ports is again on the federal agenda. In mid-August, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to convert the port handling charges of Russian stevedoring companies into rubles as from 1 January 2018, but, as it often happens in Russian practice, “with certain provisos for particular situations and particular […]

European Commission simplifies rules for public investment in ports

European Commission

The European Commission (EC) approved last week new state aid rules that exempt certain public support measures for ports and some other infrastructure facilities from prior Commission scrutiny. Previously, Member States were required to notify the EC about their plans of public investment into infrastructure projects and obtain its approval. The 2014 “General Block Exemption Regulation” enabled […]

US FMC rejects merger of Japanese carriers

K Line merger of Japanese carriers

The US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has rejected the merger of the three Japanese container shipping lines K Line, Mitsui O.S.K. and NYK on “jurisdictional grounds”, informs The Loadstar. The matter will now be referred to the US Department of Justice (DoJ), which could delay or halt the proposed joint-venture. As we wrote earlier, aiming […]

Spanish ports’ strike on pause

Spain’s dockworkers unions called off the first two days of the 9-days strike scheduled for March, 6 and 8 and expect to continue negotiations with the government on the dock labour system reform. However, the action on March, 10 as well as those every Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the following two weeks are still scheduled. […]

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