Change to Container Security Scanning Fee in Puerto Rico
November 4, 2016 --
As you may be aware, last October 28, 2016, the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals entered a Judgment in the captioned case Cámara de Mercadeo, Industria y Distribución de Alimentos (“MIDA”) v. Autoridad de los Puertos; Case No. KLRA201601056 (the “Judgment”). With such Judgment, the Court declared radically null the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (“PRPA”) Board of Directors’ Resolution No. 2015-002 and its September 6, 2016 filing number 8803 at the Puerto Rico State Department. Therefore, the Court orders the PRPA to immediately cease charging any container security scanning fee to its port users.
The PRPA has confirmed that no container security scanning fee will be charged after October, 2016 until the present legal controversy has been decided upon. Accordingly, our company will not be charging such scanning fees until any change occurs in the legal landscape or new regulation be approved by the PRPA.
Following the Federal Maritime Commission regulations, the rates, charges, and rules applicable to any given shipment shall be those in effect on the date the cargo is received by the shipping carrier. Changes in rates, charges, rules, regulations or other tariff provisions resulting in a decrease in cost to a shipper may become effective upon publication. In order to be in compliance with the Federal Maritime Commission regulations, Tropical Shipping has filed a rule on November 3, 2016 to reflect the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals order.
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