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Strike averted as ACTOO, AISL strike deal on interim measures for empty container returns

Strike averted as ACTOO, AISL strike deal on interim measures for empty container returns

Jul. 14 | The Alliance of Concerned Truck Owners and Operators (ACTOO) has suspended its plan to hold a strike following an agreement with the Association of International Shipping Lines (AISL) to put in place provisional measures to address issues with the return...

Harbor Star to raise tug assist rates at MICT by 20%

Harbor Star to raise tug assist rates at MICT by 20%

Jul. 8 | Harbor Star will implement the 20% tug assist rate increase in two tranches: the first already took effect last July 1 while the second will take effect on January 1, 2019. Photo from www.harborstar.com.ph Harbor Star Shipping Services, Inc.’s (HSSSI)...

Q1 air freight volume up 12% for PH carriers

Q1 air freight volume up 12% for PH carriers

Jul. 8 | Cargo volume handled by Philippine domestic carriers grew 12% in the first quarter of 2018 to 71.299 million kilograms from 63.672 million kg in the same quarter last year, data from the Civil Aeronautics Board showed. Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific remained...

Use depots outside MM, DOTr advises importers to help resolve empty return issues

Use depots outside MM, DOTr advises importers to help resolve empty return issues

Jul. 8 | The Philippine Department of Transportation (DOTr) has given its assurance it is working on resolving issues with the return of empty containers. Transport assistant secretary for maritime Fernando Juan Perez, in a text message to PortCalls, said DOTr...

Manila North Harbor seeks 28.5% hike in crane rates, citing inflation, peso depreciation

Manila North Harbor seeks 28.5% hike in crane rates, citing inflation, peso depreciation

Jul. 1 | Manila North Harbour Port, Inc. (MNHPI) is seeking a 28.46% increase in crane rates at North Port, the domestic terminal in Manila North Harbor, on account of the peso depreciation and rising inflation. At the June 27 public hearing on the petition,...

PH trucking groups threaten to stage strike this month over empties’ return

PH trucking groups threaten to stage strike this month over empties’ return

Jun. 25 | THE Alliance of Concerned Truck Owners and Organizations (ACTOO) is planning to hold a strike this month to highlight its protest over unresolved issues concerning the return of empty containers. ACTOO president Ricardo Papa, in a letter to Association...

BOC tasks TWG to review, resolve advance manifest submission issues

BOC tasks TWG to review, resolve advance manifest submission issues

Jun. 25 | THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) has cre­ated a technical working group (TWG) to review the provisions of its suspended advanced manifest system (AMS), accord­ing to one of the agency’s officials. Assessment and Operations Coor­dinating Group (AOCG)...

E-transfer of cargoes to off-dock CFS starts pilot run

E-transfer of cargoes to off-dock CFS starts pilot run

Jun. 20 | The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on June 18 began pilot-testing the electronic transfer of consolidated containerized cargoes from the Port of Manila (POM) and Manila International Container Port (MICP) to off-dock container yard/container freight stations...

New Cebu container port ready by 2022—CPA

New Cebu container port ready by 2022—CPA

Jun. 20 | The construction of a new international port for Cebu will take almost four years to complete following the signing of a loan grant to the Philippines by South Korea, according to an official of the Cebu Port Authority (CPA). CPA general manager Angelo...

Shipping lines support PH review of common carriers tax on cargo carriers

Shipping lines support PH review of common carriers tax on cargo carriers

Jun. 20 | The Association of International Shipping Lines (AISL) supports the Department of Finance review of the common carriers tax (CCT) levied on international sea and air carriers. Under the present tax regime in the Philippines, AISL general manager Atty...
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