Government issues tender for Ħal Far logistics hub
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.