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Newsletter May 2014

 

About PSC

The Palestinian Shippers' Council (PSC) was established as an independent, non- for profit organization that represents the interests of Palestinian Shippers, importers and exporters, in addition to local industries as the end-users of maritime shipping, air freight and land transportation.

The PSC also seeks to contribute to the development of the Palestinian economy, through expanding and facilitating trade at all stages of the logistical supply chain.
The PSC responds to the needs of the trade community by providing direct services to its members, as well as indirect services to the trade sector as a whole, these services include:

  • Logistical and technical support;
  • Legal services and consultancy;
  • Trainings, raising awareness, and capacity building.
In this issue:

• Training Units’ Activities
• Technical Support Unit’s Activities
• Technical Support Units’ Upcoming Events
• Legal Advice
• Interview with a Member
• Women Leaders

Training Units’ Activities
PSC completed the Training of Trainers on content program, under the “Supply Chain Management” Professional Training Program.
PSC professional trainers were equipped with the best skills, theoretical, and practical knowledge about the local customs procedures, and the regulatory aspects of international sales of goods.
Trainings were conducted with the support of three local experts, and through integrating practical examples and study cases from the local context.

 

 
Women Leaders

Ms. Maha Abu Shousheh, the Chairperson of the Palestinian Shippers’ Council, is one of the leading Palestinian women in the fields of business.

Speaking about the challenges she faced through working in the field of import, Ms. Abu Shousheh said that when she entered this field, the import experience in the Palestinian market was still very basic, and getting agencies to international commercial companies was exclusive to Israeli agents, which made it difficult to gain access to information, what compelled her to learn by trial and error, and gave her a sense of challenge and encouraged her to succeed.

Ms. Abu Shousheh encouraged women to enter the various fields of the Palestinian market, especially trade, and to take advantage of the easy access to information, that the council provides, noting that half of the Palestinian society is consisted of women, that are over 56% of the Palestinian local universities graduates.

It is worth mentioning that Ms. Abu Shousheh is the only Palestinian woman listed by the Forbes magazine in 2007-2008 to be one of the 50 most influential Arab businesswomen, and one of the 100 most influential Arabs.

 Interview with a member

Ms. Hiba Abu Libdeh, Marketing and Communications for Sunergy For Renewable Energy Solutions, said that her company was able to decrease the “Hateken” cost after it was reviewed by the Palestinian Shippers Council, and saved 8000 NIS as a result.
The company’s employees gained valuable knowledge from the specialized training workshops conducted by PSC, and thus increased their information in import and export, she added.
Moreover, Abu Libdeh urged the Palestinian import and export, and customs clearance companies to become members with PSC in order to benefit from its’ legal and technical guidance in regards to their imported and exported products’ supply chain.

 

Contact us for Members Benefits

Ramallah, Palestine
Tel: +970 (2) 297-6286
E-mail: pr@psc.ps
www.psc.ps
 

 

Technical Support Unit’s Activities

 Jalama Crossing Field Study
The Palestinian Shippers' Council completed a field study on the Jalama crossing, illustrating the obstacles facing Palestinian companies, while importing and exporting.
Also a committee of private sector organizations, chambers of commerce, and representatives of the private sector companies, was formed in order to demonstrate the obstacles faced on different crossings, the alternative solutions, in addition to a list of demands to be discussed, including improving the infrastructure of the crossings, and increasing working hours.
Demurrage Deposit Study
The Palestinian Shippers' Council prepares a study through phone calls with members of the council for the cost of demurrage deposit in west bank and how it effects on foreign trade.
Where we would like to draw the attention of all importers need to carefully choose the shipping company and the follow-up amounts transferred as demurrage deposit to recover the full amount.
Follow up on PSC Members’ Requests
The PSC Technical Support Unit provided its’ members with consistent consultation, problem solving, and follow up, in regards to problems they faced during the process of customs clearance, including reviewing their invoices and detecting unjustified charged amounts in the invoices.

Technical Support Units’ Upcoming Events

Aqaba Port Visit
PSC arranged a study tour to Aqaba port, in order to increase the participants’ awareness and knowledge, and find alternative solutions in the supply chain.
Haifa Port Visit
PSC is arranging study tours to Haifa port, in order to increase the participants’ awareness and knowledge, and find alternative solutions in the supply chain.
Smart Card Workshop
The PSC is conducting a workshop about the Smart Card, in order to clarify to importers the use of this card in customs clearance procedures, after it had been imposed to the food and medicine imports.

Legal Advice
Paying Taxes through a Custom Broker


It is preferred to pay your taxes directly and not through a custom broker, in order to avoid any future complications; but since this is not possible for the Palestinian merchants due to the complications of the direct payment process, it is advised to choose your custom broker carefully, after checking their financial capabilities and credibility.
Moreover the importer should not comply to any demand to pay the taxes twice, without consulting with specialized legal parties.


P.S.: The information above is only for awareness purposes, and not a legal consultation.
For more information and legal advice, please contact the PSC legal unit.