Maldives Transport Authority has increased the period for Shipping Agents to register at the authority under a new regulation recently enacted.
Under the regulation, Agents are only permitted to operate if they are registered. The period for registration is now extended to September 15.
Companies registered and under the mandate of shipping agencies are to be registered as Shipping Agents. Under the regulation, Direct or indirect payments from pre-agreement for freight services as well as for the release of consignee delivery loads shall not be charged under the regulation by the shipping agent or the freight forwarder.
However, charges capped at MVR 500, can still be charged for delivery orders as administrative fees if a document for the shipping is to be altered.
The agent is also to assist in any damages faced by a second party as a result of negligence from the agent, in addition to assisting the security services in the prevention of environmental damage as well as dangerous incidents when operating ships in Maldivian waters.
Any violation of the regulations could be faced with a fine of MVR 10,000, with a note reminder against repeated offenses.