PORT NOTES

March 15, 2016

From the Desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe TERMINAL FINES A federal court in Brazil reversed a lower court which had allowed The Brazilian Antitrust Authority (CADE) to impose a fine on two port operator companies at the Port of Santos for what CADE characterized as anticompetitive practices. The port operators charge one fee for handling containers when they take them from the hold of the ship, and place them at the appropriate spot there at the terminal. This is a terminal handling charge, or THC. These operators charged another fee (THC-2), for moving the container again, from the spot at the terminal, to another location, at the request of Customs. Initially, CADE came down on the port operator

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