HCMC – The HCMC Department of Transport has proposed postponing the collection of fees for using infrastructure facilities and public services at seaport terminals in the city until April 1, 2022, as the Covid-19 pandemic remains complicated in the city.
The department has submitted the proposal to the municipal government and the People’s Council, the local media reported.
This is the second time the fee collection delay has been proposed. Earlier, the fee collection was proposed to be put off to October 1 instead of July 1.
On June 25, the HCMC People’s Council approved the delay of the fee collection until October 1, when the city was expected to bring the pandemic under control as Covid-19 vaccinations were expected to be conducted widely and enterprises would have enough time to recover.
The fee collection delay would help support enterprises in the city.
According to the Department of Transport, if the fees for using infrastructure facilities and public services at seaport terminals were collected from July 1, the city could have collected VND723 billion from July-September.
With the cargo volume equivalent to that of 2019, the seaport fee collection revenue will contribute some VND3.2 trillion to the city’s annual budget.
The fee collection will be piloted at the Cat Lai Port in Thu Duc City before being applied to all seaports in the city.