India’s port regulator Tariff Authority for Major Ports has deferred its decision on a proposal to increase service rates at the Jawaharlal Nehru (Nhava Sheva) port until Sept. 30, allowing the country’s largest container handler to apply previously approved rates in the interim.
“The proposal filed by Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust for a general revision of its scale of rates requires consultations with port users and user organizations,” TAMP said. “It may, therefore, take some time for the case to mature for final consideration of this authority.”
The port in its application sought to hike vessel-related charges by about 30 percent and container-related fees by approximately 70 percent over the current rate scale, which originally was set to expire on March 31.
The move sparked protests from the Mumbai-Nhava Sheva Ship Agents’ Association, which described the planned increases as unjustified. The group, which represents the entire ship agents community at the ports of Mumbai and Nhava Sheva, instead suggested a 10 percent hike in container-related charges in the face of a surge in container arrivals at the port.
TAMP is expected to hold a joint hearing with all stakeholders shortly.