Manufacturers concerned about fee hike by haulage contractors

Manufacturers are concerned about the implications of  yesterday's announcement by haulage contractors who operate at the island's ports of  an immediate hike in mounting and grounding fees.
The charges, which are associated with the loading and unloading of  containers, will move from US$15  to US$25.
General Manager of  the Port Trailer Haulage Association, Ricardo Valentine, says the increase is a result of  the long delays being experienced at terminal facilities in Kingston.
President of  the Jamaica Manufacturers Association, Metry Seaga, says this will have a negative impact on the productive sector.
"Well we haven't had an opportunity to review the statement in its entirety, but our initial reaction is that it is going to have a negative impact on us because its additional charges....the delays hurt us and now additional charges will hurt us. We will have to discuss the matters at length. These delays cannot continue to happen.... it's bad news."
Seaga says the Association will be trying to get answers on the cause of  the delays at the wharves.

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