Brazilian shippers call for national fleet
14/07/15 11:44 AM
dominant role that international shipping lines play in
deciding the future of the Brazilian port sector has led to
calls for the government to tighten regulation and support
domestic container vessels, delegates at the 3rd. Shippers'
Forum, in Rio de Janeiro heard this week.
that shipping companies that come to Brazil should be under
some control by authorities, as happens in the aviation
industry. The Brazilian government does not even know
whether a company is really German or French, or if their
vessels are registered in Liberia or Panama” said Andre de
Seixas, president of Rio's shippers association Usuport-RJ
organized by Usuport-RJ, brought together key figures from
the Brazilian shipping and port sectors to discuss
regulation and the latest developments. Advocates for
tougher legislation included Harvard-trained legal expert,
Osvaldo Agripino, who called for regulation similar to that
which has existed in the U.S. for over 60 years.
called for revision of Terminal Handling Charges (THC) - a
tariff to covers stevedoring costs - claiming some
shipowners used only returned part of these payments to pay
terminals with the rest being "illegal profit". He also
called for an end to the "demourrage" tariff which is aimed
at compensating shipping companies for delays in ports.
discovered that, in some cases, the owners claim more days
as lost time in Brazilian ports than is warranted, and, due
to that, illegal overcharges are applied to exporters and
importers. We listed about 20 items which are applied to
freight rates in Brazil and some of them are illegal or
overcharged,” Agripino said.
informed delegates that local shippers recently joined
London based Global Shippers' Forum, in order to defend
clients rights towards shipping companies and terminals.
owner of shipping firm Transroll, Washington Barbeito
meanwhile renewed demands for the government to support a
national shipping fleet, calling it “unacceptable” that the
world’s seventh largest economy should not have even one
container vessel in foreign trade.
former owner of 50% of Santos' Tecondi Terminal - now called
Ecoporto Santos - Barbeito suggested that government should
approve a more effective second register - besides the
present REB (Registro Especial Brasileiro) - in order that,
with lower costs, local businessman could form new Brazilian
companies to operate with container vessels to and from
local ports to Europe and USA, and, in a second step, to
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