Venezuelan seaport tariffs to hike 46.5% upon new forex rate
State-run company Bolivariana de Puertos' tariffs and services are estimated in US dollars, so importers shall pay more
As set forth in Article 4 of Official Gazette 40,078, dated December 26, 2012, seaport tariffs and services are based on the updated fees schedule of state-run company Bolivariana de Puertos (Bolipuertos), which calculates tariffs and services at the official foreign exchange rate.
"Seaport tariffs regulated under this resolution are estimated in dollars of the United States of America, in compliance with international standards, but payments are made in local currency based on the foreign exchange rate as determined by the Central Bank of Venezuela, and shall be made prior to dispatch and/or final withdrawal of goods from the seaport facilities," the document reads.
In other words, once the new forex rate (VEB 6.30 per US dollar) enters into force next Wednesday, importers and shipping lines shall pay 46.5% more for Bolipuertos' services.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.