“The existing schedule of cargo handling rates for import and export cargoes passing through the BCT does not contain any rate for arrastre services on empty containers,” according to PPA Memorandum Circular 12-2013 that PPA general manager Juan Sta.Ana signed on Dec. 11.
For a copy of PPA MC 12-2013, go to http://www.scribd.com/doc/195760418/PPA-Memorandum-Circular-12-2013.
The memorandum was issued to “avert possible confusion as regards the assessment on empty containers” that pass through BCT.
“No arrastre fees, therefore, shall be charged on empty containers, whether these are considered part of vessels gears or as export or import cargoes,” the memorandum clarified.
Stevedoring fees, on the other hand, are charged for such handling services as contained in the schedule of cargo handling tariff at BCT.
All cargo and vessel charges are reflected in the BCT tariff.
The BCT is part of the Port of Batangas and operated and managed by Asian Terminals Inc.
Photo courtesy of Asian Terminals Inc.