Port of Barcelona unveils recovery plan featuring fee reductions

Port of Barcelona unveils recovery plan featuring fee reductions
The port is the first in Spain to approve fee reductions

The Port of Barcelona’s management board has approved several short and medium-term measures to alleviate the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including several port fee reductions lasting until 2022.

In total, the port will mobilise around €23m (US$26m) of resources for its operators between now and 2022 by implementing measures that have been designed in accordance with traffic forecasts and future revenues.

A statement from the port authority noted: “We are paving the way for recovery in the wake of the heavy impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on port traffic.”

With an anticipated impact on port revenues of up to €19m (US$21m), the first package of measures of the recovery plan features discounts on fees for the occupation of container terminals, amounting to 25% in 2021 and 20% in 2022, depending on the volume of transhipment traffic handled.

At multipurpose and roll-on roll-off (ro-ro) terminals, discounts will be 10% in 2021 and 5% in 2022, while at car terminals, there will be discounts of 30% next year and 15% the following year.

Additionally, corrective coefficients reducing usage fees will be applied for the first time to vessels, passengers and freight.

For passenger terminals, a 30% reduction in the occupation fee will be applied to concessions whose activity has fallen by between 20% and 40% compared to 2019 and a 60% reduction where the impact on the activity is more than 40%.

For the remaining concessions and authorisations, the reductions in the occupation fee will be 15% when the impact on activity is between 10% and 15% and 20% when the impact is greater than 15%.

Occupation permits for an area of under 200 sq m and stopping and parking areas, when not complementary to other permits for larger areas, will benefit from a reduction of 20% on the share of the corresponding occupation fee, upon request by the party concerned.

Furthermore. 5% discount on the maximum rates for the approved port tug service, applicable until December 31, 2020, will be transferred to the commercial agreements that the port tug joint venture has with various port customers.

The measures are now awaiting final approval by the central government in accordance with established procedures.