28 Oct 2015

Nauru ponders own shipping service

6:18 pm on 28 October 2015

The government of Nauru says it is considering restarting its own shipping service because of high charges levied by the only company linking the island with Fiji.

The Maritime Affairs Minister Valdon Dowiyogo says freight costs are out of control and this adversely affects prices for consumers.

Since the withdrawal of Matson, Neptune Pacific has been the only company carrying freight to and from Fiji.

The minister says the company has displayed greed in taking advantage of the monopoly while ignoring complaints.

Mr Doqiyogo says negotiations with Neptune Pacific will continue but Nauru is considering restarting its own shipping venture to ensure Nauruans are no longer ripped off by blatant price gouging.

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