Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) and Maldives Customs Service have increased their service hours.

The joint press conference by the two authorities on Sunday, made confirmation of their new service hours.

Chief Executive Officer of MPL Shahid Ali confirmed their services will be effective between 07:30hrs until 23:00hrs starting from Monday onward. He further added the work will continue under two shifts.

Shahid further commented cargo clearance services will remain effective between 08:00hrs to 21:00hrs, while he added the commercial harbor zone and Hulhumale' commercial harbor services will remain operational in the said duration.

MPL staff who continued their duties while remaining under lockdown within commercial harbor quarters will receive relief, as Shahid claimed staff will be able to return to their respective homes.

Moreover, the MPL frontman confirmed all payments can be made via online transactions and customers need not physically present any clearance documents at the authority.

MPL will recommence charging demurrage fines on uncleared containers on both of its commercial harbor sites at Male' and Hulhumale' after 11 June.

The authority waived off demurrage charges on containers during the total lockdown announced by Maldives government in order to ease consignees.

Meanwhile Deputy Commissioner of Customers, Abdulla Shareef confirmed sea-cargo examinations will be carried between 08:00hrs to 21:30hrs.