Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) recently expressed its concerns on the increased charges at Limassol port, fearing that will have a negative result upon the competitiveness of the shipping market. For the records, the charges have been applied from 1st of February.
According to Cyprus Mail, the CCCI described the charges to be “arbitrary and excessive”, as they complained that the management companies of Limassol port have set increases of up to 200% even on basic services.
In light of the situation, the Cyprus Chamber urges all the port of Limassol’s management companies to put an end to the increases, in order to be in line with the local economy.
“Given that Cyprus is an island and the shipping industry is at the heart of our economy, it is imperative that all involved, the government, the CCCI and the management companies, act promptly and in a coordinated manner to ensure the competitiveness of the industry” said CCI to Cyprus mail.
Concluding, the new tariffs were imposed from the management company DP World, which has took over general commerce and passenger traffic from the government in February 2017.
Overall, recently the Shipping Deputy Minister of Cyprus, Natasa Pilides, announced that Port of Piraeus, Greece will be from now on ferry connected to Limassol, Cyprus, as efforts are underway in order the ferry trip to be launched and available by this summer.