PORT Klang Authority (PKA) has decided to withdraw its scheme to provide incentives to feeder operators linking Port Klang to regional ports, with effect from this year. It will, however, still pay out the monetary incentives due to operators for the year 2007.
For the year 2008, though, feeder incentives will be based on a new formula for qualified operators. The new formula was not specified in the statement released to the press.
The feeder incentive scheme was developed and introduced by the PKA in 2000 as part of an overall strategy to further strengthen Port Klang as a national load centre and a regional hub port.
Selected local and regional feeder operators and landbridge operators enjoy a rebate of RM20 for a 20-ft container and RM35 for 40-ft container sent through Port Klang as well as a 10 per cent discount on marine charges such as pilotage and tug boat services by the respective terminals, Northport and Westports, under the old feeder incentive scheme.
While the idea had been mooted that the costs of incentivising feeder operators be transferred to terminal operators, Northport and Westports, a PKA official told Business Times, that feeder and terminal operators have instead, been left to negotiate their respective terms.
“It is not a matter of transferring the costs to the terminal operators, up to the two parties to come to an arrangement,” the official said.
In a statement released on September 17, PKA recommended that Northport (M) Bhd and Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd play a more active role in encouraging feeder operations in Port Klang.
The feeder incentive scheme has been suspended since 2008.