The Ports Regulator of South Africa (PRSA) has rejected Transnet’s application for port tariff increases, enforcing reductions across the board covering the period from April 2019 until March 2020
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) submitted its proposals last August, including a request for an average tariff increase for the coming financial year of 4.21%, but the PRSA has instead ordered average reductions of 6.27%. The PRSA held a consultation process with all stakeholders, including shipping lines, exporters and freight operators, before reaching its conclusions.
Mahesh Fakir, the CEO of the PRSA, revealed that all container and ro-ro tariffs are to be cut by 10% but the big exception is in the dry bulk sector where coal export tariffs are to increase by 10%. Breakbulk cargo tariffs are to be unchanged, but capped at R31.50/ton (US$2.3/ton).
TNPA has also asked for rises of 18.57% and 6.34% for 2020-21 and 2021-22 respectivel, but the 2019-20 settlement makes this unlikely. In addition, the regulator has stated that the average tariff adjustment for 2020-21 and 2021-22 will be below the upper limit of the government’s inflation target, which currently stands at 6%.
Under the Department of Transport’s Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy, all existing South African flagged vessels will receive a 30% discount on all charges for three years.