Pilotage tariffs will decrease in 2019


The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has accepted the tariff proposal of the Dutch Maritime Pilot's Association (NLc) to lower the 2019 pilotage tariffs by almost 2% compared with last year.

The growth in global trade is expected to continue in 2019. Like in 2018, it is thus expected that more pilotage services will be needed than in the previous year. The costs of the Dutch maritime pilots can thus be spread over more vessel passages.

How does ACM regulate the pilotage market?

Each year, ACM determines what costs the pilots are allowed to include in their prices, based on a tariff proposal that the NLc submits halfway through the year. ACM subsequently assesses the proposal, and sets the tariffs in a tariff decision. Maritime pilots enjoy a monopoly position. That is why ACM as independent regulator assesses whether or not they charge unreasonably high tariffs.

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