New Lost Port Pass Fee Beginning July 1, 2016
To address Transport Canada concerns relating to the number of lost Port Passes reported and encourage better safekeeping of this government credential, Port Metro Vancouver is implementing a new recovery fee for a replacement lost Port Pass.
Please refer to Port Metro Vancouver's 2016 Fee Document for more information: portmetrovancouver.com/about-us/port-fees/
Effective July 1, 2016, the fee for a replacement lost Port Pass is as follows:
*For the third lost Port Pass and each lost Port Pass thereafter within a five-year period: An interview with Port Metro Vancouver will be required in addition to payment of the $150 fee. Port Metro Vancouver will collect statistics during the initial year of implementation of this initiative to determine if additional non-monetary measures are warranted after July 2017.
Lost Port Pass fees are applicable over the five-year life of the Port Pass. The Lost Port Pass Fee will be collected prior to receiving a replacement Port Pass.
The Lost Port Pass fee will not apply to:
For more information, please visit portmetrovancouver.com/portpass or contact the Port Metro Vancouver MTSC/Port Pass Office at (604) 665-9661.
Only 40% of Shippers Sufficiently Informed on Weighing Rulesnews source
With just over a month to go before new container weighing rules come into force, a survey of shippers has found that only 40% have received sufficient information from their service providers. Of the 49 shippers who responded to Drewry‘s survey, 20 were under-informed, 22 were sufficiently informed and 7 declined to answer.
The new global rules require shippers to prove that every container they ship is accurately weighed, or their containers will not be accepted on board a ship.
While almost all of the survey’s respondents were aware of the rules, the majority of shippers and carriers expected them to cause delays to container shipments and/or cargo rolls. When asked where these delays would occur, respondents were most likely to point to Asia followed closely by North America, Africa, South America and Europe. Respondents were more optimistic about Oceania, although delays were still predicted.
Criticism from shippers focused mainly on a perceived lack of communication. “No communication between carriers and terminals,” one anonymous shipper complained. “Advice from shipping lines and ports of loading is either conflicting or unclear,” said a freight forwarder.
Others said that, while the regulation is necessary, it has been introduced too quickly, not giving the supply chain time to create the necessary infrastructure. Some called for implementation to be delayed.