2nd October 2017
The New Zealand Shippers’ Council is concerned that the recent announcement by Port Napier that
it will impose an insurance levy charge on transport operators is the ‘thin end of the wedge’ for the
country’s exporters and importers. The levy came into effect on October 1 and will be passed onto
exporters and importers effectively through the back door as added cost in the supply chain.
Chairman of the NZ Shippers Council, Mike Knowles said it is an alarming precedent.
“What we’re seeing is a levy that lands on those who have no contractual relationship with the port
and therefore no ability to influence the outcome.”
“In our view ports should either be absorbing those increased costs as part of normal business
activity, or negotiating them with their commercial clients – the shipping lines; not imposing them
on parties who have no ability to review and negotiate rates,” said Mr Knowles.
Mr Knowles said the Shippers Council appreciates that the dramatic increase in insurance premiums
in the wake of the Kaikoura earthquake places considerable pressure on providers of supply chain
infrastructure. “However, applying a levy on parties who do not have a commercial relationship with
the port is not the way forward. We are extremely concerned that this precedent may be adopted
by other ports and will strongly oppose any move in that direction.”