Updated at 5.10pm: The government said on Wednesday it was examining reducing passenger embarkation fees at cross-boundary ferry terminals. These fees are imposed on ferry operators in respect to each passenger travelling on ferries to Macau or China. The fees are imposed at Hong Kong ferry terminals. A spokesman for the government said it had been considering reducing the fees from $18 to $15 a passenger. He said the proposal was made after a review found that there was room for a 17 per cent reduction in fees. 'Most of the cross-boundary ferry operators have already indicated that they would reduce their ferry fares accordingly by $3,' he said. The fee cut would reduce government revenue by $29.8 million a year, the spokesman said. He said the proposal would be introduced into the Legislative Council next Wednesday. The fee reduction is scheduled for implementation in December. The government owns and operates the two cross-boundary ferry terminals in Hong Kong - the Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan and the China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui. The passenger embarkation fee is prescribed under the Shipping and Port Control (Ferry Terminals) Regulations. Revision of the fee requires a legislative amendment.