The Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) welcomes the removal of the Port Congestion Fees (PCF) by NYK Bulk & Project Carriers Limited.

The PCF was introduced by shipping Line (carriers) to cover costs incurred while waiting for berthing space during recent low productivity periods at the Honiara Port.

SICCI believes, the fee has a negative impact on businesses.

A statement from the Chamber today says the removal of the surcharge will ensure the business environment is conducive and encouraging for businesses to grow, invest and create more jobs in the local economy.

It says the business community looks forward to further review the SIPA Tariffs including the Gazette of SIEA Tariffs to further reduce high costs experienced by businesses and to see continued improvement in the Solomon Islands business landscape.

Meanwhile, SICCI Chief Executive Officer Dennis Meone says the announcement indicates the return of confidence to our national Ports operation – a key piece of infrastructure to our economy.