Gothenburg continues tariff freeze

Gothenburg continues tariff freeze
Tariffs will remain at their 2015 level

Gothenburg Port Authority has announced port tariffs will remain unchanged for a third successive year, meaning the charges will remain at their 2015 level.

The charges are levied on all vessels that call at the Swedish facility and are based on the vessel’s type and its gross tonnage.

Money raised from the tariffs are used to finance a range of activities including fairway maintenance, traffic information and port safety.

Gothenburg Port Authority chief executive Magnus Kårestedt said: “We are seeking to boost growth in industry, shipping and port operations.

“At the same time, we want to be part of the effort to curb rising logistics costs for our stakeholders.”

The authority said that tariffs can remain unchanged because of good cost control, and that it hopes other logistical companies will review their charges and follow suit.

Kårestedt said: “If we share the responsibility for making logistics more cost effective, this will prove crucial to our stakeholders’ competitiveness.”

The port also offers discounts for good environmental practice, which one third of vessels which call at the port are eligible for, and offer further discounts for any vessels which run on liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Kårestedt said: “The transition that is taking place is encouraging, and we look forward to welcoming more LNG-powered vessels to the port with a 20% discount per call.”