Buenos Aires port charges slammed

18 Dec 2014
Pay out: New port taxes have the local community up in arms. Credit: Philip Spittle

Pay out: New port taxes have the local community up in arms. Credit: Philip Spittle

Argentina's Chamber of Private Commercial Ports (CPPC) has criticised the decision taken by the Buenos Aires provincial government to include various new port taxes in its 2015 budget, claiming that they violate both existing legislation and the national constitution.

At the same time, the organisation warns that, were they to be introduced, they would threaten employment.

The proposed changes to the law would introduce new taxes for both vessels and individual port terminals that handle purely private traffic destined for either commerce or industry. These new charges would be for “the use of the coast and other bodies of water”, since these generate administration, supervision, management use, monitoring and planning costs.

In addition, there would be further charges levied on private port users for the “co-ordination and support of port security”, covering areas such as programme coordination, security provision and environmental protection.

However, such charges will only be applicable if port users can be shown to benefit from their provision.

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