TAARIFA KWA UMMA: "COMPOUNDING ORDER ISSUED TO CLEARING AND FORWARDING AGENTS FOR VIOLATING 24/7 REGISTRATION CONDITION"
Imewekwa: Jul 06, 2019
COMPOUNDING ORDER ISSUED TO CLEARING AND FORWARDING AGENTS FOR VIOLATING 24/7 REGISTRATION CONDITION
The Tanzania Shipping Agencies Corporation (TASAC) is established under Section 4 of the Tanzania Shipping Agencies Act No. 14 of 2017 as maritime administration to regulate port services, shipping services, maritime environment, safety and security. The Corporation is also mandated to conduct shipping business in the areas of clearing and forwarding, ship tallying, document control and shipping agency.
Regulated service providers are required to abide by conditions provided in respective Regulations under which they are licensed or registered. The condition to work for 24 hours a day and 7 days a week (24/7) cuts across all licensees under TASAC regulatory mandate. The condition is intended to engage all licensees to work round the clock so as to render the Dar es Salaam Port efficient and competitive. Government institutions which are not regulated by TASAC but play key role in the operations of the port do support port efficiency in this regard following directives of H.E. Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, President of the URT, towards 24/7 in the Port of Dar es Salaam.
TASAC has been conducting monitoring inspections on weekend, public holidays and night hours to enforce the directive and licence condition. Towards the end of 2018, the inspections revealed high compliance with exception of clearing and forwarding agents thus limiting overall efficiency of the port. Hence, in November and December, 2018 a special monitoring exercise on clearing and forwarding agents was conducted from which 83% of inspected clearing and forwarding agents were not compliant. The explained non-compliance is against regulation 13(2)(f) of the Tanzania Shipping Agencies (Clearing and Forwarding Agents) Regulations, 2018 - GN 340.
Hence, TASAC compounded the offenses in February, 2019 which subjects clearing and forwarding agents involved in the offence to 50% of the prescribed fines. However, most of these clearing and forwarding agents have ignored to pay the fines to date.
The purpose of this Notice is to direct culprit clearing and forwarding agents to pay the fine by close of the day on the 15th July, 2019. The Corporation will take stern regulatory measures in accordance with legislation on any clearing and forwarding agent which will not have paid the fine on 16th July, 2019 without further notice.
Tanzania Shipping Agencies Corporation