The Dubai Maritime Authority (DMA), the regulator of the shipping and maritime sector in Dubai, has taken a significant step towards strengthening transparency, accountability, and competitiveness in the industry. Today, the DMA announced the introduction of Administrative Decision No. 2 of 2023 on the Transparency of Local Sea Container Charges in Dubai Directive.
The decision, which follows thorough industry-wide consultation as part of the DMA’s formal stakeholder partnership program, will come into effect on August 1st, 2023. It aims to bring more transparency to the maritime industry and facilitate ease of doing business in Dubai.
The new Administrative Decision outlines five essential changes that promote the adoption of global best practices across Dubai’s maritime ecosystem:
- The freezing of sea container charges introduced by Directive No. 1 of 2023 on Transparency of Local Sea Container Charges in Dubai will come to an end.
- Providers of local sea container services will be required to openly publish details of their previously filed charges with the DMA on their corporate website within 30 days, enhancing transparency for customers.
- Providers of local sea containers services can file for amendments to their local charges through the Dubai Trade single-window, following the defined process by the Authority.
- A new mechanism will be introduced, enabling service providers to charge directly for their services. The local Port Operator will issue invoices separately for their provided services, such as Terminal Handling Charges (THC) and Truck Loading and Unloading Charges (TLUC), directly to the relevant user, and collect payment directly via the Dubai Trade Platform.
- All Delivery Orders will be issued digitally through Dubai Trade Digital Delivery order platform, reinforcing Dubai’s status as a digital city.
The implementation of Administrative Decision No. 2 of 2023 on the Transparency of Local Sea Container Charges in Dubai Directive is expected to enhance Dubai’s competitiveness as a leading global trade hub. The move towards greater transparency and accountability is seen as a positive step towards fostering a more robust and efficient maritime sector in the city.