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Policy Item 6: Access to Port Facilities

APEC member economies:

Agree formally that all port charges and terms of access to ports should not discriminate between vessels on the basis of nationality.

Remove immediately any remaining prices or terms of access which do not conform to these principles.

As a whole, access to port facilities is available on a non-discriminatory basis with a few exceptions, such as light dues in Brunei Darussalam and Taxation in China.  

In Brunei, discount rate for light dues is applied for Brunei Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) ships.

In China, tonnage dues are levied on foreign vessels, while vehicle and vessel usage tax is collected for Chinese vessels.

Policy Item 7: Land-Based Ancillary Services

APEC member economies undertake:

To refrain from introducing any new laws or regulations that would have the effect of limiting competition in auxiliary maritime activities.

To develop a timetable for the elimination of any laws or regulations that have such an effect.

To strive actively to reduce and ultimately eliminate restrictions on competition in land-based activities that arise from agreements, limitations, or bans implemented by private sector participants, including both companies and unions.

In Philippines, ancillary services shall be provided on a non-exclusive basis, but the permits to operate those services in Philippine ports are issued only to domestic service providers.  

Japan has abolished the demand/supply adjustment regulations on freight railway business & port transportation business and improved market access to land-based ancillary services.  

The other economies do not have any laws or regulations which have the effect of limiting competition in auxiliary maritime activities.

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