Fabian Demicoli

Mismanagement at Container Groupage Depot Hal-Far and Luqa Cargo Section

GRTU has this week written to the Prime Minister  to thank him for the excellent opportunity he gave the Burdnara Group, through Mr Karmenu Zammit, to present a number of issues affacting our members and deserving immediate attention.  One urgent issue that needs to be addressed was the complete lack of enforcement of the exit/entry at the Container Groupage Depot at Hal Far.

An agreement has been reached in 2004 through the intervention of Dr Simon Busuttil, that ensured all groupage containers are in the first stage transferred to Hal Far Groupage Depot. Burdnara trucks have been issued with a special No.Tag (HQ) to enter/exit all Port Areas and Cargo Section at Luqa Airport.

As this operation remains under the control of Customs, and transfers are an extension of Customs Area only, licensed burdnara cannot operate the system unless haulage is done on, the Trader's own registered transport. The same applies for exits from stores where only authorised vehicles are allowed and this to ensure proper enforcement.

GRTU stated that For reasons unknown to GRTU enforcement is not affected and Container Groupage Depot and the Luqa Cargo section have effectively become a free-for-all with complete disregard of the standards applied by licensed burdnara.


GRTU requested for all the necessary and immediate action so that the agreement with GRTU will be enforced. GRTU asked for a positive answer in the shortest time possible.

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