POSSIBLE changes in the fare and freight charges for sea transportation could be expected soon.
This is part of a major review being done by the Transport Ministry to be up to par with developments being done in the transportation sector.
Director Lui Naisara said the review of the freight and fare charges was to reflect current economic changes affecting shipping operations.
"Some major changes are the cost of fuel, vessel sizes and type of cargo that are currently being sea freighted to our domestic ports," he said in a Ministry of Information statement.
"The intention is for all to pay the right amount of money for the right services that are being delivered."
He said the ministry would undertake the formulation of the Land and Sea Transport Policy this year which would be a review of the 20-year-old Fiji National Transport Sector Plan.
The 1998 Land Transport Act review and the 1986 Marine Act review were also being carried out.
Mr Naisara said the transport sector was going through reforms both internally and externally as well as transitions such as the metamorphosis of the Department of National Roads to Fiji Roads Authority.
He said the land and sea transport policies would separately look at the effects of technological changes, the current emphasis of social inclusion to the physically challenged and the need for wise utilisation of limited resources in terms of transport's contribution to development programs.
"The review of the FNTSP will look at the efficient connectivity and accessibility of land, sea and air transport modes as a vehicle to economic growth."