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Puerto Rico Ports Authority Scanning Fee Update

2015-02-27

In September of 2011 the Puerto Rico Ports Authority adopted Regulation 8067 concerning Implementing the Necessary Means to Guarantee an Efficient Flow of Commercial Traffic in the Scanning of Inbound Cargo Containers, to Improve Security and Safety at the Port Facilities. The Regulation requires that all cargo in containers, general cargo, motor vehicles and other cargo, coming into Puerto Rico through the Port of San Juan be inspected by a scanning procedure. The Regulation provided that “each ship’s or vessel agent with inbound cargo” must pay the Ports Authority:

CARGO IN CONTAINERS

$4.00 PER TON UP TO $69 PER CONTAINER

MOTOR VEHICLES

$4.00 PER TON

EMPTY CONTAINERS OR CHASSIS

$4.00 PER UNIT

In October of 2011 we had advised that the validity of this Regulation was challenged in a Court proceeding. These Court proceedings are still ongoing.

To cover the carrier’s expenses related to Regulation 8067 a fee was imposed by the carrier for all southbound shipments to Puerto Rico at:

$74

PER CONTAINER / TANK / FLATBED / FLAT RACK

$10

PER VEHICLE UP TO AND INCLUDING 800 CFT

$15

PER VEHICLE EXCEEDING 800 CFT

$5

PER SHORT TON NIT

We want to confirm that the assessments imposed by Regulation 8067 are not imposed on the shipper or consignee, but on each ship or vessel agent. The fees imposed by Crowley are tariff charges designed to cover expenses and costs associated with the enhanced security fee.