Constanta harbour’s high service taxes as well as the customs taxes have determined the main shipping companies to look for other options, ‘Jurnalul National’ writes. Ukraine’s Ilyichevsk-Odessa harbour has become the main container freight shipping terminal preferred by shipping companies operating on the Far East – Eastern Europe route, surpassing Constanta harbour. The latter lacks fiscal facilities. In August alone the Finance Ministry ruled that the minimum value of a container for which taxes have to be paid is EUR 40,000. Whoever brings in merchandise whose value is lower than that has to present extra paperwork to customs authorities. Constanta Harbour’s capacity totals over 100 million tons. In the first nine months of 2010 the country’s three seaports – Mangalia, Midia and Constanta – totalled traffic of 34,660,191 tons compared to 31,592,830 tons in the same period last year. Moreover, the Romanian transport fleet now consists of only six ships. Two of them – ferries ‘Mangalia’ and ‘Eforie’ – are not functional. ‘Cavo Matapas’ and ‘Cavo Maleas,’ two cargos of 15,000 dwt, are what is left of the Romanian transport fleet that totalled 288 ships in 1990.