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Portos dos Açores SA increases port taxes

Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal (PortSEurope) June 17, 2018 – According to the final accounts of the National Statistical Institute (Instituto Nacional de Estatística), published in December 2017, the real growth rate of the Azores economy in 2015 was 3%, it is estimated that in 2016 and 2017 the real growth rate will be of 1.6% and 1.8%, respectively.

During this relative stable times, port tariffs in the archipelago have remained unchanged since 2009.

After a price freeze for almost 10 years, tariffs for ports and marinas and nautical recreation centres under the jurisdiction of Portos dos Açores, SA, will increase 6%, coming into force June 30.

This 6% update takes into account the tariff system of the ports of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, which determines that tariffs must be updated annually, taking into account the total costs inherent in the availability and use of the integrated operational and human resources in the units providing port services or suppliers of goods.

Among the port tariffs are the port usage tariff (TUP-Navio and TUP-Cargo), the pilotage tariff, the towing tariff, the mooring and unstrapping tariff, the cargo handling tariff, the storage, equipment usage tariff and delivery tariff. Alongside these, there are also specific tariffs, in cases of water supply, electricity supply and occupations of land and buildings, among others.

In the case of marinas and recreational nautical centres, there are, among others, the tariff for the use of a berth, a dry parking fare and a haul fare.

The 6% increase in tariffs is much lower than would have been the case if the tariff adjustments had been made annually since 2009 and according to the consumer price index, excluding housing, at an accumulated value which would be 15.41%.

Portos dos Açores SA manages the ports of the Azores, Horta’s marina on the island of Faial, the Ponta Delgada marina on the island of São Miguel, the marina of Angra do Heroísmo on Terceira Island, the marina of Vila do Porto on the island Santa Maria, the Velas marina on the island of São Jorge, the nautical recreational nucleus of the Lajes do Pico, the nautical recreational nucleus of the Lajes das Flores, the São Pedro pools in Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel and the terminal passengers from the port of Horta.

Source: Portos dos Açores SA

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