The National Ports Agency (ANP) is preparing a study to repair the tariff system of port taxes. A tender has been open for this reason.
According to officials of the PNA, the recent tax system, introduced in 1996, has become not best for new changed experienced by the port sector, mostly the organization of a new form of governance with the institution of the PNA as a port authority. But also taking into account the evolution of port traffic volume and changes in their structures and forms of covering. Added to this is the development of management of port traffic, mainly due to gain deemed important in terms of output. Accordingly, an repair of the tariff system of port dues is necessary. The study will bring the port tariff system with economic truth and new governance Moroccan ports.
The plan is also to study the suitability of replacing the present base with a new, simple, easily scalable, controllable and regular with global standards. The objective also is to ensure customers and port users a good understanding of tariffs of ports, enabling them to funds and expect their port transit costs. The study, whose results should be available in 2015, will cover all types of port dues (ships, goods and passengers).
On ships such as the redecorate plan to get used to the tariff structure with global standards and practices, taking account of local conditions. The plan is also to provide an incentive system for generators Shipowners traffic, replace the recent system of discounts.
Similarly, the study will judge whether to adopt a single system for all ports managed or if exact systems per port to port group. The overhaul will study and consideration of the formation and nature of the traffic of ships, including investigative specific cases, such as the oil terminal at Mohammedia or the coal terminal Jorf Lasfar. In conditions of product prices, with the aim, among others, to define uniform categories of goods for calculating tariff Goods port.
Overall, the study will be conducted in two phases. The 1st will focus on a general diagnosis of the tariff system in force at the ANP, the approval of the involvement of port dues in the total earnings of the Agency, per port and per traffic class (containers, RoRo, conventional cargo, liquid bulk, minerals). This diagnosis, to evaluate the present system to worldwide standards (10 ports of the Mediterranean outline), will conduct a critical analysis of the present tariff system by defining its strength and weak ones. The 2nd phase will involve the construction of a new tariff system covering all 3 categories of port dues, taking into account changes in activity and traffic and the impact on the financial balance per port and overall balance of the PNA. Note that in addition to the port of Tangier Med, which does not fall within the scope of the ANP, Morocco has a major port infrastructure consisting of 34 ports, including 17 fishing craft and 5 12 open to international trade. These are a key link in the supply chain of external trade and an important lever for economic and social development.
The activity of the ports managed by the PNA recorded, in 2013, a traffic of about 67.9 million tons, down 4.6% compared to the achievements of 2012 revenues of Agency reached 2.7 billion dirhams last year, including $ 1.5 billion related to the entry ticket concession Container Terminal 3 (TC3) of the port of Casablanca, an up of 130.3% and 4.4% without this ticket. Value added amounted to 2.4 billion dirhams (+ 247.5%) and 1.1 billion net profit (up 629.9%).