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PPA ready for global challenges as it marks 43rd anniversary

PPA ready for global challenges as it marks 43rd anniversary

Jul. 21 | Foreign cargoes that entered Philippine ports reached 151.604 million metric tons (mmt) in 2016, up 12.62% from 134.620 mmt handled in 2015. Photo of Manila International Container Terminal courtesy of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. The...

BOC’s tight balancing act: Trade facilitation and revenue generation

BOC’s tight balancing act: Trade facilitation and revenue generation

Jul. 17 | Much has transpired a year since Philippine Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon assumed the leadership of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in July 2016. He came into office after the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA)–the law that overhauls...

Manila North Harbor wraps up first phase of port modernization

Manila North Harbor wraps up first phase of port modernization

Jul. 13 | Manila North Harbour Port, Inc chief executive officer Richard Barclay (leftmost) and Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Atty. Jay Daniel Santiago (fourth from the right) together with officers of San Miguel Corp. and PPA Board of Directors...

Cargo bus service underpins Quick Reliable’s customized logistics solutions

Cargo bus service underpins Quick Reliable’s customized logistics solutions

Jul. 9 | Quick Reliable’s cargo bus service involves the loading of commercial cargoes in the bellies of passenger buses which are then driven onto roll-on/roll-off vessels. Supply chain solutions provider Quick Reliable (formerly known as QRS or Quick Reliable...

Manila truck ban a ‘policy failure with unintended consequences’- PIDS

Manila truck ban a ‘policy failure with unintended consequences’- PIDS

Apr. 18 | State think tank Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) sees the Manila daytime truck ban as a policy failure, citing it as one of those seemingly well-intended government policies that had “unintended consequences”. In a new...

Shipping expert sees two scenarios in lifting of PH cabotage

Shipping expert sees two scenarios in lifting of PH cabotage

Mar. 29 | Considering the cost of operating ships in the Philippines, a shipping executive sees only two options if the government is to revoke the cabotage policy and therefore allow foreign ships to engage in domestic trade while ensuring a level playing field. At...

Due process followed before suspension, PH customs exec assures importers, brokers

Due process followed before suspension, PH customs exec assures importers, brokers

Mar. 15 | The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) is observing due process in the case of importers and customs brokers issued show cause orders or cited as possible violators of customs rules, according to Account Management Office (AMO) chief Atty. Mary Grace...

High costs mar PH promise as transshipment hub

High costs mar PH promise as transshipment hub

Mar. 11 | MCC Transport, the intra-Asia arm of Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk, still sees the Philippines as a potential transshipment hub in Asia, but notes some challenges standing in the way of realizing this. “I agree Manila will not be able to...

TABS solutions provider seeks expansion to other PH ports

TABS solutions provider seeks expansion to other PH ports

Mar. 2 | 1-Stop Connections Pty Ltd chief executive officer Michael Bouari at a recent event in Manila. Freight and logistics solutions firm 1-Stop Connections Pty Ltd, provider of the Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS) to Manila international terminals,...

10-year PH maritime roadmap for public presentation in April

10-year PH maritime roadmap for public presentation in April

Mar. 2 | Maritime Industry Authority administrator Dr Marcial Amaro speaks about his agency’s efforts to boost the Philippine ship registry at the recent Marlaw-PortCalls conference. The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) will present to stakeholders in...
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