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September 20, 2019

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Feport restates that the fiscal facilities to the navigation companies that enliven goods in the ports distort the competition

The federation of the European private harbour terminalisti manifest astonishment in learning from the relationship of the ITF that the within of admissibility of the tonnage tax is modified in order to include such activities to you

Feport, the federation that represents the European private harbour terminalisti, has received with favor the diffuse relationship tuesday from the International Transport Forum (ITF) on the public subsidies to the marine transport, analysis that it evidences as various of these measures they have effects you distorted to you on the competition(on 17 September 2019). If the association of European shipowners ECSA has criticized the scope and the adopted methodology in order to realize the investigation(on 17 September 2019), the Federation of European Private Port Companies and Terminals has vice versa evidenced that the relation of the organization of the OCSE "brings to light a series fiscal praxes that are not included in the last version of the guidelines in matter of aids of State to the marine transports of 2011".

"Second how much reports the relation of the ITF - it has specified Feport - some fiscal praxes that are approved of by the Head office by means of individual decisions are for competition not integrated in the general picture, that is to say in the guidelines in matter of aids of State to the marine transports. Not less than ten decisions - it has emphasized the federation of the European private terminalisti - they have modified the within of admissibility of tonnage tax (the forfetario regime of taxation to which they can approach the operators of the marine transport, ndr) in order to include you the services of cargo and drainage and cargo handling offered from the companies of navigation as services accessories to the marine transport".

Remembering that "the harbour societies and the private harbour terminalisti that carry out activity of cargo handling in the ports of the European Union do not benefit of some tax exemption", Feport, manifesting astonishment in learning the thing from the relationship of the ITF, has evidenced that these harbour companies "are therefore a lot worried to discover that, from 1996, the within of admissibility of the tonnage tax is modified to expenses of the terminals operator". "The cargo handling activities - the president of the Feport has denounced, Gunther Bonz - are not services accessories, but activities carried out from business institutions that pay the taxes in the European Union and that it gives job to beyond 390 thousand working harbour".

Bonz therefore has announced that "Feport asks a re-examination for the guidelines in matter of aids of State the marine transports for having the opportunity to comment the authorized fiscal praxes by means of individual decisions without a groundbreaking appraisal of the impact on the independent operators of cargo handling. For transparency reasons, parity of treatment and parity of conditions - it has found the president of the federation of the terminalisti - it is essential to include the marine transport in the procedure of control of the suitability that regards an immense range of activity. The public consultations continue to being the better way in order to make clarity on the norms and in order to guarantee parity of treatment to all the fields".

To such Bonz purpose it has observed as the procedure of review of the exemptions for category for the consortia of the companies of line navigation that is started by the EU commission at the end last year, topic that is faced also by the ITF that has placed in doubt the necessity of they maintenance and from the same Feport that it has exhorted to clarify which are the within of their application(on 27 September and 2 19 November 2018 and june 2019), it has been "a good example of as a sector instrument can have an impact that goes very to beyond the field that benefits some".

"Once again - it has concluded Bonz - we state that individual decisions on the regime of the tonnage tax are granting a competitive advantage to some companies of navigation that offer services of cargo handling to expenses of the independent terminalisti. It is essential that changes quickly since it constitutes an important source of distortion of the competition".

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