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December 06, 2017

Port of Vancouver will reduce access cost for small trucking companies

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announced that, effective January 1, 2018, the amount it charges container trucking companies that are authorized to operate within the port will be changed to benefit smaller companies.

The changes are being made in response to feedback from smaller trucking companies and government who said the charges were disproportionate.

"We heard concerns from trucking companies and the Government of Canada, including Lower Mainland Members of Parliament," said Peter Xotta, vice president planning and operations at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. "We took that feedback seriously and believe we have now addressed the concerns raised."

About one third of those companies authorized to access the port, representing the smaller companies, will pay $25,000 per year instead of the previous $35,000. The port authority's Truck Licensing System is operated on a cost-recovery basis, so the savings realized by the smaller companies will be equally distributed across the largest.

"In setting the new access charges, the port authority proposed three alternative solutions and presented them to local container trucking companies and government for review and discussion," continued Xotta."Changes were made to incorporate what we heard, which ultimately led us to a solution that will benefit the industry overall."

Trucking companies were formally advised of the changes to the access charges and provided with amended access agreements on November 1, 2017, providing 60-days written notice before the new structure goes into effect on January 1, 2018.

Source: Vancouver Fraser Port Authority