HCMC – HCMC began piloting the collection of fees for use of infrastructure facilities and public services at seaport terminals in the city on February 16. The pilot will last until March 15 before the city officially begins the collection from April 1.
It is aimed at creating conditions for the relevant individuals, agencies and organizations to access the fee collection system, the local media reported.
Seaport operators can check the enterprises’ fee payments at https://thuphihatang.tphcm.gov.vn:8092/Home, while import-export firms can make fee declarations at https://thuphihatang.tphcm.gov.vn:8081/Home. They can also call the hotline 1900 1286 for support.
The HCMC Department of Transport was assigned to monitor the fee collection pilot and promptly address obstacles or report them to the municipal government if they are not within the department’s jurisdiction.
The HCMC Customs Department must share data on the cargo transported through seaports to serve the seaport fee collection pilot.
HCMC had decided to begin collecting the fee on July 1, 2021. However, the plan was delayed to October 1, 2021, and April 1, 2022, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The delay was expected to help enterprises recover after the pandemic.
Through the seaport fee collection, the city expected to collect over VND3 trillion to invest in road systems around seaports.
According to the municipal Department of Transport, if roads near seaports are upgraded, the time to transport cargo will be shortened, benefiting transport and import-export enterprises. In addition, the development of seaports will correspond to their capacities, thus raising the city’s budget revenue thanks to higher revenue from import-export and value-added taxes.
Specifically, the lowest fee is VND15,000 per ton and the highest is VND4.4 million for a 40-foot container. Revenue from the seaport infrastructure fees will contribute to the city’s budget after deducting a maximum 1.5% of the total revenue for fee collectors.