December 7, 2004
Panama Canal proposes new container pricing system
After nine months of informal consultations, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) today announced a formal proposal to update its current vessel measurement and pricing system for full container vessels and other vessel types with on-deck container capacity.
The ACP's proposal would change the system that the Canal currently uses for the container segment Ð from the Panama Canal Universal Measurement System (PC/UMS) to the industry standard of the Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU).
ACP says this will bring its system into line with international standards in the container industry, provide a more accurate measurement, offer more transparency to Canal users and their customers and enable the ACP to receive a fair value for its product.
If approved, the new system will be implemented on a graduated basis over the course of three years, beginning in the second quarter of 2005.
Formal consultation on the proposal begins today and will continue until January 6, 2005.
The ACP will consider additional inputs and feedback from interested parties. The ACP welcomes data, opinions, written statements (in English or Spanish) before January 6 deadline. In addition, a public hearing will be conducted on January 7, 2005 in the "Ascanio Arosemena" auditorium, Balboa, Republic of Panama at 9:00 a.m. EST. For more information or to obtain an electronic copy of the proposal, please visit: www.pancanal.com.
The main elements of the proposal are as follows:
The proposed pricing plan will be implemented as follows: