The Panama Canal Authority’s (ACP) board has approved a proposal to modify passenger vessels’ toll structures and the regulation for the measurement of vessels.
This will become effective on 1st February, 2022.
The last modifications made to the toll structure for passenger vessels were implemented on 1st April, 2016.
This latest proposal eliminates maximum berth capacity, as the unit of measurement and establishes for all passenger vessels, a toll calculation based on PC/UMS tonnage capacity (Panama Canal/Universal Measurement System).
No adjustments will be made to PC/UMS rates effective since 2016, considering that the passenger ship industry will begin a period of recovery from the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ACP said that interested parties are invited to participate in a consultation period and public hearing of the tolls process. During this period, parties may present data, opinions, and statements in writing, in English or Spanish.
Those interested may also participate in the public hearing, directly or through their duly accredited representatives, provided that they have announced in writing, during the consultation period, their intent to participate in the hearing as speakers.
In accordance with established rules, the ACP will consider all correspondence received during this consultation period, which will extend until 1st October, 2021. Comments and opinions presented by certified speakers during the public hearing, scheduled for 5th October, 2021, will also be considered.
The hearing will be held virtually, due to COVID-19 restrictions, ACP explained.