New fee model from 1 January 2018
Because the budget proposal announced by the Government on 20 September does not contain any new funding for the Swedish Maritime Administration, the SMA Board of Directors has decided to introduce a new fee model on 1 January 2018 and to raise the fairway dues in the existing model from 1 January 2017.
The reason why the Swedish Maritime Administration's new fee model will not be introduced under the previous plan is that there is uncertainty about the EU notification regarding competition and government aid required before the fee model can be implemented. All new rules that may affect the free movement of goods within the EU must be pre-notified and approved by the EU Commission in order to prevent the emergence of new trade barriers.
“Because there is uncertainty about when the Maritime Administration's new fee model will be approved by the European Commission, we have taken the decision to postpone the introduction,” says Ove Eriksson, Head of Business Department at the Maritime Administration.
To ensure a balanced economy, the Maritime Administration will raise the fairway dues on 1 January 2017. The background for this is that the temporary contributions the Maritime Administration has received for the 2014-2016 period to improve the financial position will cease at the end of the year. To ensure a balanced economy even over the long term, the fairway dues will be indexed annually.
“We have been clear in both our three-year plan as well as in the communication with our clients and customers that, for the first time in many years, we must raise the fairway dues when the temporary contributions cease. At the same time, we are continuing our efficiency and enhancement programmes,” says Noomi Eriksson, Deputy Director General and Head of Management and Control at the Swedish Maritime Administration.
Further information regarding the dates of the dues increase and how it will be implemented will be communicated as soon as possible.