China Fines Port Service Providers for Overcharging

The government of China has begun to punish port service providers who overcharge for services, as the Journal of Commerce reports.

Previously the Chinese Government has announced measures prohibiting excessive port fees in a bid to boost slumping trade volumes. This has been done to promote China’s exports and imports by reducing port-related fees

Four Chinese companies were found to be excessively charging for port services and violated national rules on port fees, as the investigation by China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) showed.

The companies are Ningbo Dagang Pilotage, a subsidiary of Ningbo Port Group and the only pilotage company at Ningbo Port, and Nantong Youbang Port Services, Taizhou Dingan Ocean Shipping Services, and Dandong Dehai Ship Services, which operate at the ports of Ningbo, Nantong, Taizhou, and Dandong respectively.

Ningbo Dagang was revealed to have collected pilotage fees at rates that were higher than those set by national rules from January 2014 to July 2015, while Nantong Youbang and Taizhou Dingan were found to have been arbitrarily changing towage charges at various times between January 2014 and August 2015. Dandong Dehai was discovered to have overcharged for waste disposal.

The four companies have been given administrative punishments and ordered to refund the overcharged portion of the fees.

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