Freeports absence from PCC a form of
The Malta Freeport yesterday clarified the reason why it has not yet
participated in the Ports Consultative Council. In a statement issued
yesterday, the Freeport referred to media statements that have expressed
the Federation of Industry and the General Workers Unions disappointment
by the Freeports absence on the Council.
The Freeport explains that it has refrained from appointing a representative
to the PCC in order to emphasise the fact that, in spite of all the
talk about reform, the Malta Maritime Authority has chosen to implement
a charge of 25c for each empty local container handled in Malta, which
also includes the Freeport where the MMA does not enjoy jurisdiction.
The Freeport states that it presumes that the purpose of setting up
the PCC was to enhance cost effectiveness and contends that this charge
does exactly the opposite.
It also expressed its surprise at seeing the Federation of Industry
ignoring this "totally unnecessary increase that presumably goes
against the spirit, amongst other things, with which the PCC was instituted."
The Freeport adds that it was aware it would be criticised for not participating
but, on balance, it felt it more important to highlight the incompatibility
of raising costs unnecessarily by a committee and sub-committees set
up to institute reforms.