Thessaloniki, Greece (PortSEurope) August 20, 2018 – Companies active at Greece’s Thessaloniki port have criticised the decision of the country’s authorities to limit the opening hours of Thessaloniki Customs Office from 0600 to 2200 local time seven days a week.
The decision is expected to cause problems for the users of the harbour, which are will face difficulties in doing their job, representatives of Thessaloniki port operators have said.
The limitation of the opening hours was surprising. From August 20, the personnel of most of the companies return from their summer vacations and a strong and organised response is expected.
For their part, the customs officers, who have abstained from the night shift over the last eleven months, rely on adverse working conditions during the night. In particular, there is a lack of appropriate infrastructure at the port of Thessaloniki to comply with the European Union regulations, according to which goods must be within the port at least 24 hours before being exported.
ThPA was privatised earlier in 2018 and is now operated by South Europe Gateway Thessaloniki (SEGT) Ltd, a consortium, in turn, owned by Deutsche Invest Equity Partners GmbH (47%), Terminal Link SAS (33%) and Belterra Investments Ltd (20%).
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