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Discounts

  1. In order to promote and consolidate the role of Spain as an international cruise and logistics platform, with the aim of adapting Spanish ports to international competition conditions of maritime traffic, the following discounts shall be applied:
    1. To the vessel rate fee:
      1. To cruise vessels with a previous or subsequent call at a European Union port: 20 percent.
      2. To cruise vessels with a previous or subsequent call at a European Union port: 30 percent.
      3. To cruise vessels calling at a base port: 20 percent.
      4. To vessels belonging to the same cruise company when they make a total of at least 12 calls at a base port: 30 percent.
    The discounts referred to in sections a.1) and a.2) are incompatible with each other.
    Similarly, the discounts set out in sections a.3) and a.4) are incompatible with each other.
    1. To the goods rate fee:
      1. To goods in international maritime transit: up to 70 percent.
      2. To goods loaded in another country of the European Union as origin, as well as to goods that are unloaded in another European Union country as destination, and are transported in the vessel in non-wheeled elements: up to 40 percent.
    The parameters or elements for the quantification of this discount in relation to the person liable are the following:
    1. Type of traffic.
    2. Volume of traffic with an annual evaluation in load units, number of vehicles or tonnes of goods.
    The conditions and calls required for the application of these discounts, based on the previous essential elements shall be defined by ministerial order and at the suggestion of the Governing Council of State Owned Ports, having listened to the Port Authorities. Similarly, the conditions to be considered a base port for cruises and cruise companies will be defined.
  2. To promote intermodality. With the aim of promoting  port integration in national and international logistics chains and promoting European cabotage, the following discounts shall be applied:
    1. To the vessel rate:
      1. To vessels rendering a regular service between European Union ports: 20 percent.
      2. To ro-ro vessels rendering a regular service between European Union ports: 50 percent.
      This discount is incompatible with that defined in the previous letter.
    2. To the passenger rate fee: To passengers in transport regime and to vehicles in passenger regime transported in vessels rendering a regular service between European Union ports: 20 percent.
    3. To the goods rate fee:
      1. To goods with origin in the European Union that are loaded or unloaded: 10 percent.
      2. To goods with origin and destination in the European Union that are loaded or unloaded, transported in vessels that render a regular service between European Union ports: 20 percent.
      3. To goods with origin and destination in the European Union, that are loaded or unloaded, transported in wheeled transport elements in ro-ro vessels rendering a regular service between European Union ports: 40 percent.
      4. To goods that are loaded or unloaded and enter or leave the port service area by rail: 20 percent.
      Discounts c.1, c.2 and c.3 are incompatible with each other.
      For these purposes, a regular service between European Union ports is understood to be that provided by a shipping company or a group of shipping companies with shared operating agreements to a certain type of traffic, whose route runs exclusively between ports of European Union countries, with a frequency of at least 24 calls a year in the same port.
  3. To promote the attraction and consolidation of traffic in each port. Each Port Authority shall apply unique discounts on the fee payable corresponding to the vessel, passage and goods rates. Payable fee is understood to be the result after having deducted the remaining discounts set out in this law from the full amount. The requirement for these discounts are as follows:
    1. Only taxable persons with relevant traffic commitments approved in the corresponding agreement with the Port Authority may enjoy these discounts, as well as traffic considered in company plans and approved by each Port Authority as traffic sensitive to the national or regional economy, or that are given the condition  of priority or strategic in such a way that  they may be  draw up commercial actions adapted to certain types of traffic and operations in collaboration with the private sector and their adaptation to market conditions.
    2. The quantification parameters or elements in relation to the  person liable for rate are as follows:
      1. Type of traffic.
      2. Volume of traffic and its annual evolution measured in GT units, number of passengers, tonnes of goods, containers and vehicles.
    3. The value of the discount may not exceed 40 percent of the payable fee of the corresponding rate.
    4. The company plan for each Port Authority will set a joint limit for the total value of discounts regulated in this section, bearing in mind the evolution, characteristics and conditions of demand, market characteristics on an international level and profitability of the Port Authority, in accordance with the need to generate resources. This limit shall consist of a percentage of the average joint collection for vessel, passage and goods rates in the past two financial years. This percentage may not exceed 10 percent.
    The conditions and calls required for the application of these discounts, based on the previous essential elements shall be set out by ministerial order and at the suggestion of the Governing Council of State Owned Ports, having listened to the Port Authorities.
  4. The following discounts shall be applied for remoteness and insularity reasons:
    1. To the vessel rate fee:
      1. To passenger vessels in transport regime and to goods vessels, rendering a service between ports in the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Ceuta or Melilla and the European Union ports: 50 percent. This discount shall only be applicable in peninsular ports when more than half of the tonnes of goods is loaded and offloaded at island ports, Ceuta or Melilla. This discount shall not be applicable in island ports, Ceuta and Melilla, to those vessels in which more than half of the goods loaded and unloaded is in maritime transit or transfer.
      2. To passenger vessels in transport regime and to goods vessels, rendering a service between ports of the same archipelago: 80 percent.
    2. To the passenger rate fee:
      1. To passengers in transport regime and to vehicles in passenger regime between ports in the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Ceuta or Melilla and a European Union port: 60 percent.
      2. To passengers in transport regime and to vehicles in passenger between ports of the same archipelago: 80 percent.
    3. One of the following discounts will be applied to the goods rate fee, without affecting the planned exemption for inter-island maritime transport:
      1. To goods transported in vessels rendering a service between ports in the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Ceuta or Melilla and ports of the European Union: 40 percent.
        At peninsular ports, this discount shall only be applicable to goods proceeding from or destined for ports of the islands, Ceuta or Melilla.
        This discount shall not be applicable to goods in maritime transit or transfer in island ports, Ceuta and Melilla.
      2. To goods transported in vessels rendering a service between ports of the same archipelago: 80 percent.
      3. To boxes, packages, containers, tanks or other containers or elements that may or may not be lost or ephimeral and which are used for the transportation of goods, as well as lorries, trailers, semi-trailers that, as such transport elements, are loaded empty at ports in the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Ceuta or Melilla travelling to European Union ports: 70 percent.
        At peninsular ports, this discount shall be applicable to the aforementioned transport elements when they have been loaded in the island ports, Ceuta or Melilla.
      For reasons of distance and insularity, these discounts are incompatible with those set out in section 2 of this Article.
  5. To encourage better environmental practices, the following discounts shall be applied to the vessel rate:
    1. To vessels that prove the fulfilment with certain environmentally friendly conditions, going beyond those required by international regulations and agreements: three percent.
      1. This proof may be by means of subscribing a vessel to a specific agreement for better environmental practices, signed between State Owned Ports and legal entities that are representative in the shipping sector throughout the national territory and which have sufficient information and capacity to regularly coordinate, control and verify that the vessels fulfil the aforementioned conditions at all ports of general interest in accordance with the procedure established in the agreement.
    2. The previous conditions and the necessary criteria to apply these discounts shall be determined by ministerial order and at the suggestion of the Governing Council of State Owned Ports, having listened to the Port Authorities.
      1. To increase the quality when rendering services: each Port Authority will establish discounts of three percent to the vessel rate, when the shipping company to which the vessel belongs has a valid certificate issued by an accredited entity in accordance with UNE-EN 45011 Standard, or that which replaces it or from an entity whose system of issuing certificates fulfils the same requirements.
  6. To increase the quality when rendering services: each Port Authority will establish discounts of three percent to the vessel rate, when the shipping company to which the vessel belongs has a valid certificate issued by an accredited entity in accordance with UNE-EN 45011 Standard, or that which replaces it or from an entity whose system of issuing certificates fulfils the same requirements.
    1. The Ministry of Public Works, at the suggerstion of the Governing Council of State Owned Ports, and having heard Port Authorities and the representative organizations of the corresponding service providers and users on a national scale, will approve the service handbook that specifies the service quality commitments that act as a base for their homologation-certification and on-going improvement, as well as their control and compliance verification systems.
    2. These service handbooks may be drawn up at each port through specific handbooks, approved by the Port Authority and validated by the State Owned Ports once it has been verified that they fulfil the minimum quality commitments and control systems adopted for the entire port system.
  7. The application of more than one discount to a rate shall be carried out in a consecutive and increasing way.

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