MPT extends concessions on port dues till June 2021

Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) has announced concessional port dues for iron ore handling for the ongoing shipping season till June 2021, MPT announced in a trade notice. The concessional tariff is applicable for vessels involved in import and export of iron ore through MPT.

Though an administrative matter, Goa Mineral Ore Exporters had asked MPT to extend the concessions as had been done in 2018 and 2019.

MPT’s traffic department issued the notice last week, informing vessel agents and exporters that the concessions in port dues, anchorage charges and transhipper charges offered to iron ore exporters are being extended till June 2021.

“This is a flexibility given to MPT to offer concessions by the tariff authority,” said a stakeholder.

MPT’s board of trustees met on October 29 and passed a resolution to extend the concessions for handling iron ore west of the breakwater.

The concessional tariff is applicable from October 1 and will be applicable till the arrival of the last vessel during the 2020-21 export season.

Though along expected lines, the concessionary tariff will benefit iron ore exporters as it will reduce the overall cost for the sector.

On October 13, the Supreme Court allowed mining firms to transport and export royalty paid iron ore till January. The relief was granted on the grounds that the nationwide lockdown, imposed due to the covid-19 pandemic, had prevented mining firms from exporting ore for which royalty had been paid for before March 2018.

The state government has also decided to e-auction around 2.5 million tonne of iron ore lying at jetties and plots.

Recently chief minister Pramod Sawant flew to Delhi to meet ministers in the Union government where he urged the centre to restart mining in Goa.