The decision to freeze harbour dues aims to facilitate a return of confidence for container shipping lines and to help recapture trade, a move that was initiated following the implementation of the French port reform.
At the same time across the border in Belgium, the Port of Antwerp is raising its port dues by 2% this year (2012). This is the first time in three years that the port has adjusted its dues to keep pace with inflation. During 2010 and 2011 the port selectively lowered dues in response to the sharp drop in the freight volume.
This latest increase will enable the Port Authority to invest in positive developments in the port, by encouraging improvements to the quality of terminal facilities and by promoting growth in trade.