After consulting with the port business sector, the Port Authority has decided that those discounts will become structural; though the tariffs will rise by 1% next year, it will take them to precisely the same level as in 2008.
Hans Smits, president and CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: “Over the past few years we kept providing occasional discounts. By turning them into a permanent discount, we offer ship owners long-term clarity.”
The parties have agreed to continue the existing discount for transhipment containers next year and a number of agreements were also made on adjustments to next year’s tariff structure – equalising the tariffs for short-sea and ro-ro, for instance. More reforms will be examined in the coming years.