Bangalore: Dubai government-owned DP World will hike rates at its container terminal in the Chennai port by 10% from 1 August, overruling protests from shipping lines, exporters and importers.
DP World’s proposal to hike tariffs has been cleared by the Tariff Authority for Major Ports in a gazette notification issued on 2 July.
The tariff regulator for Unionl government-owned major ports has allowed a 10% increase, instead of a demand for 14%, and it will remain valid till 31 December 2009.
Chennai port is India’s second biggest container port handling 1.12 million twenty-foot equivalent units, or TEU, in 2007-08 from the DP World terminal. A TEU is the standard size of a container.
“The hike would only increase transaction cost at a time when exporters are struggling against the rupee fall,” the Chennai and Ennore Ports Steamer Agents Association said in a submission to the regulator. The terminal currently charges about Rs2,500 for handling a TEU.