The Transport Ministry is doubling down to clear a congestion of shipping containers at the Labuan Port that would ultimately raise the prices of goods in the Federal Territory.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said the backlog is double the port’s capacity to the point ships cannot dock to load and unload and are sometimes forced to return to Port Klang.

“As a result many of the shipping companies want to impose surcharge fees, which can range around RM2,500 to RM3,500 per container,” he said during the ministry’s monthly assembly today (10/08/2018).

Citing a recent news report, Loke said if the surcharges were to be implemented it could end up making Labuan the most expensive place in Malaysia.