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The Philippine province of Zambales - Update on local fees that appear to conflict with UNCLOS

Ships have been charged with “user fees” related to a 'monitoring' system implemented in the Philippine province of Zambales. BIMCO believes this system is inconsistent with UNCLOS.

Measures tightened to control outward remittances from China

Recently, China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) has tightened up measures to control outward overseas remittances with a view to curbing Chinese capital outflows.

Indian service tax change imposed affecting owners and operators of ships calling India to discharge

On 12 January the Indian Government issued notifications related to the payment of Service Tax. 

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March 2017

The Philippine province of Zambales - Update on local fees that appear to conflict with UNCLOS

Ships have been charged with “user fees” related to a 'monitoring' system implemented in the Philippine province of Zambales. BIMCO believes this system is inconsistent with UNCLOS.

US regulations affecting your ships - get the February update!

This is the latest in a series of reports supplied by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with the intention of keeping BIMCO members appraised of legislative developments in the US affecting international shipping. BIMCO highlights only the relevant developments that would impact members.  The full CSA report is also provided.  

Philippines – update on local fees that appear to conflict with UNCLOS

Ships have been charged with “user fees” related to a 'monitoring' system implemented in the Philippine Province of Zambales. BIMCO believes this system is inconsistent with UNCLOS. An update highlights a number of changes that have not been addressed.  

February 2017

Measures tightened to control outward remittances from China

Recently, China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) has tightened up measures to control outward overseas remittances with a view to curbing Chinese capital outflows.

January 2017

Indian service tax change imposed affecting owners and operators of ships calling India to discharge

On 12 January the Indian Government issued notifications related to the payment of Service Tax. 

November 2016

Greek bunkering update

Further to our recent update about the new Greek regulations for bunkering, please note that the competent Directorate of the Ministry of Finance has issued a circular providing additional clarification on this topic.   

October 2016

Liberia to receive preferential flag status with respect to Chinese tonnage dues

In agreement with the maritime transport agreement signed between the Republic of Liberia and the People’s Republic of China on 3 November 2015, Liberia will be added to the preferential list of countries when determining the tonnage dues.

October 2015

Important news relating to user fees imposed by the Province of Zambales, Philippines

BIMCO has recently received reports from members having received invoices issued by the Province of Zambales in the Philippines concerning a so-called Provincial Coast Watch Environmental Monitoring System User Fee. The invoices impose significant fees on ships transiting the territorial waters...