“We are surviving on an artificial respirator.”
This was how Allan Hidalgo, president of Japdeva, described the financial situation after the Constitutional Court decided to stop the implementation of the new Caribbean port charges while they are studying an appeal filed by shippers and exporters.
From today, once the measure is notified to the institution, will be frozen the 10.57% increase approved last March.
With this adjustment the Board of Port Administration and Economic Development of the Atlantic (Japdeva) expected this year to raise additional ¢ 5,000 million to cover outstanding obligations.
However, the institution received only ¢ 1,500 million extras. Hidalgo estimated that are going to left without reserves to pay the bonuses of employees, the bond and purchase equipment.
“We have many needs and we are thinking how we can face this. I think the shipping did not measure the situation, “said Hidalgo.
At the last minute. On May 29, users of the docks of Limon presented an appeal against the new Rates for Japdeva.
The appellants were Abel Chavez, the National Chamber of Piñeros, Antonio Souto, chairman of the House Steamship Owners and Agents (SHIP), George Osborne, the National Banana, and Monica Araya, the Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica (Cadexco).
They argued that the tariff request made by Japdeva was modified shortly before the hearing convened by the Regulatory Authority of Public Services (Aresep) and therefore could not pronounce.
With the new amounts, the price for downloading a container in Limón rose from $ 48.2 to $ 64.27. “We were never against the tariffs, if they were kept in 10%,” he said.
On the other hand, Dennis Melendez, the overall regulatory services, said yesterday that he will apply the request of the Constitutional Court.
“We have reasons to justify the action taken, we believe that we are right, but abide by the Board,” said Melendez.
The annual budget is ¢ Japdeva 28,000 million. However, with the rise in rates are estimated to arrive at ¢ 33,000 million
Hidalgo, president of the Board, said the institution now run out of resources to meet various commitments, such as lost labor demand.