Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    Port fees to assist with Budget repair task

    22/06/2017 6:00 AM
     
    • ​Increase in shipping fees for major companies to raise $95 million in revenue
    • Fee increase equates to between three and four cents per tonne
    • Discount in port charges for junior miners using the Utah Point Bulk Handling Facility to continue

    Port fees for the State's biggest companies will increase as part of the State's Budget repair program.

     

    The changes to Pilbara Ports Authority's fees would be limited to a 17 per cent increase in shipping fees levied on a vessel's gross register tonnage at the ports of Dampier and Port Hedland only.

     

    The increase equates to between three and four cents per tonne and would be implemented no later than October 1, 2017.

     

    Over the forward estimates, the changes to fees and charges would generate about $95 million in revenue.

     

    Meanwhile, the discount in port charges for junior miners using the Utah Point Bulk Handling Facility will continue.

     

    The extension of the discount is intended to provide certainty to junior miners using the Utah facility in the current climate and will be applied to iron ore exports from July 1, 2017.

     

    The Government has also endorsed other Port Authority board recommendations for increases to port authority fees and charges on vessels and cargo.

     

    Fremantle Port's fees and charges will increase by an average of 2.5 per cent; the ports of Albany, Bunbury and Esperance will rise 0.5 per cent; while the Port of Broome's fees increase by two per cent.

     

    Meanwhile, the Mid West Ports Authority will oversee a three per cent increase at Geraldton.

     

    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

     

    "This is a decision we have had to make to fix the Budget mess left behind by the Liberal National Government.

     

    "Everyone will share the burden to help pay for the Liberals and Nationals' out of control spending.

     

    "Fixing the mess we have inherited will take time, but we will do everything possible to minimise the impact.

     

    "That's why we have extended the discount for junior miners, giving them confidence going forward."

     

    Minister's office -  6552 5500