1, Hai Phong will start collecting fees for using infrastructure, service
facilities and public utilities from shipments at all ports in the city.
Hai Phong to apply
more port fees in 2017
The information was announced
by Hai An District People's Committee. It is estimated that the city could
earn up to VND1.5trn each year.
Individuals and organisations
that have shipments stored at bonded warehouses now must pay VND2.2m (USD97)
to VND4.8m per container, depending on the load. The fees for goods in
transit are VND500,000 to VND1m.
The infrastructure fee is an
expansion of the service costs relating to temporary import and re-export,
transit, storage in bonded warehouses which was implemented in 2013. Revenues
have increased year-on-year and reached VND750bn (USD33m) in 2016.
According to the Hai Phong
Department of Finance, its ports receive 80 million tonnes of goods each year
and can collect VND1.5trn (66m) from the proposed fees.
However, many import-export
firms said the costs were too high because they are already paying customs
fees, shipment handling fees and import and export taxes.