March 16, 2019
The PPA said authorities and other stakeholders have also joined hands to haunt erring cargo owners and shippers..
A memorandum was issued 15 days ago, informing consignees about the agency’s order to free up the spaces in the South Harbor and Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) currently occupied by customs-cleared cargoes, PPP General Manager Jay Daniel Santiago said.
“The day after tomorrow, you will start seeing trucks out of South Harbor (SH) and MICT moving the overstaying cargoes down to Laguna,” Santiago said on Friday following the the signing of the manifesto of support for the government’s efforts on the efficient utilization of the country’s ports.
Data from the PPA showed that 3,406 and 4,194 containers were still at MICT and South Harbor, respectively.
The manifesto, signed by the Department of Transportation (DOTr), PPA, Bureau of Customs (BoC), and officials from International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), Asian Terminals,
Inc. (ATI) and the Association of International Shipping Lines, said once the cargo owners and shippers failed to comply with the order, the overstaying cargo would be shipped out to a different inland container depot.
“Signing this manifesto is one thing, doing and implementing it is another, and going beyond it will equally spell good business relationships within the country,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
Port operators ICTSI and ATI were assigned for the move out of cargo, Santiago said. The costs of the transfer would be shouldered by cargo owners, shippers, consignees, logistics operators, and custom brokers, the manifesto states.
“The BOC shall regularly dispose of seized or abandoned containers to ensure that MICT and SH remain healthy,” it added.
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