The French Port of Marseilles Fos will freeze its port tariffs through 2010 to support customers “in a strained economic context” and to enhance the port’s competitiveness, the port said Tuesday.
Tariffs are being held at 2009 levels across all cargo and passenger activities, including the container, oil and bulk sectors.
Rental charges for warehouses and yards are also being held. In addition, access to the port rail network -- currently charged at $45.57 per train -- will be free.
The only general price increase will be for utilities, with an average rise of 4 percent for electricity, water and telecommunications.
Charges for the use of ship-repair facilities are being raised by 1 percent -- less than the rate of inflation -- while the yacht repair sector will see a 5 percent increase.
The port authority said that 2009 had been a difficult year and that the tariff freeze would impact on earnings in the year ahead, but said it was acting to encourage a return to economic growth in 2010.
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