The port committee at Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) is expected to meet Transportation Ministry officials this week to resolve the issue after APM Terminals (APMT), the operator of Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP), allegedly threatened to block the release of the empty containers over pending storage charges ranging between BD5,000 ($13,133) and BD80,000, Trade Arabia reported. Companies are allowed to store their empty containers at the port for 10 days before a tax is imposed, however, the owners claim they had an agreement with officials to hold the boxes depending on availability of space without enforcing additional charges. The GDN earlier reported that the companies were given a deadline to settle the dues, which ended (August 24). “We have received the case from the representative of the agents who are facing the issue,” said BCCI port committee head Khalid Al Murbati.
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