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As regards the recent decision of the Director of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR) to abolish the third shift at Thessaloniki A’ Customs, and following an evaluation of all available data, ThPA S.A. stresses the following:

  1. The big investment regarding the takeover of ThPA S.A. majority stake was based on the essential condition that the Greek State would provide the audit mechanisms required for the operation of Thessaloniki Port on a 24-hour basis.
  2. The abolishment of the third shift at Thessaloniki A’ Customs causes essential operational problems to the services provided by ThPA S.A. Consequently, we believe that it must be revoked immediately.
  3. ThPA S.A. is in the process of implementing a program of extraordinary investments including the construction of the necessary works and the supply of equipment and software of over 10 mn euros, to ensure that by 31 March 2019 at the latest, the containers meant for export will be provisionally stored in the Container Terminal.

Moreover, in a recent meeting with the Director of the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (IAPR), the ThPA S.A. Administration asked to increase the available staff of A’ Customs to better serve the peak hours of Gate 16 during the 1st and 2nd shift. IAPR is expected to respond to this request.