Gov­ern­ment is­sues ten­der for Ħal Far lo­gis­tics hub

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The gov­ern­ment’s Pri­vati­sa­tion Unit yes­ter­day is­sued a ten­der for the cre­ation of a lo­gis­tics hub in Ħal Far, as Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat had in­di­cated it would do ear­lier this sum­mer when he said that he op­posed fur­ther ex­pan­sion of the Malta Freeport, say­ing that he pre­ferred the es­tab­lish­ment of a lo­gis­tics hub in the area.

Ac­cord­ing to the ten­der no­tice, the gov­ern­ment in­tends “to pro­ceed with the award of a con­ces­sion whereby it will be grant­ing the site to a pri­vate eco­nomic op­er­a­tor un­der ti­tle of tem­po­rary em­phy­teu­sis.

“Op­er­a­tions al­lowed will be re­stricted to the com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity of trans­porta­tion and move­ment of goods to/be­tween in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers. The site must be de­vel­oped, clas­si­fied and main­tained as ei­ther a Cus­toms Free Zone or a Cus­toms Ware­house.”

The ten­der stip­u­lates that the gov­ern­ment in­tends to trans­fer the site by ti­tle of tem­po­rary em­phy­teu­sis for a non-re­new­able pe­riod of 65 years, “which pe­riod is con­sid­ered to be the time for the suc­cess­ful pro­po­nent to re­coup his in­vest­ment and a re­turn on in­vested cap­i­tal.”

In July, Dr Mus­cat had ex­plained that the gov­ern­ment is look­ing into the pos­si­bil­ity of cre­at­ing free trade ar­eas to help the is­land de­velop into a lo­gis­tics and tran­ship­ment hub. This, he said, can­not come at the ex­pense of ad­di­tional land. He said that the gov­ern­ment is look­ing at the pos­si­bil­ity of us­ing ex­ist­ing ware­houses as free zones.

“We will start with changes in our cus­toms code and we are look­ing into en­force­ment.”

Dr Mus­cat had also men­tioned the launch of a Pub­licPri­vate Part­ner­ship for an 8,000-square me­tre lo­gis­tics hub in Ħal Far. At the time, he said that there are two com­pa­nies in­volved which would em­ploy around 350 peo­ple.

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