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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...

PH logistics stakeholders bare industry prospects for 2017

PH logistics stakeholders bare industry prospects for 2017

Feb. 27 | Cargo transport service providers in the Philippines are keeping a positive but cautious outlook for 2017, concerned over domestic and global challenges that could affect the industry, even as they present a wish list to ensure the continued growth of...

Davao box terminal eyes throughput recovery in 2017

Davao box terminal eyes throughput recovery in 2017

Feb. 27 | Throughput at Davao International Container Terminal is expected to hit at least 300,000 twenty-foot equivalent units this year with recovery of banana plantations from the effects of last year’s El Niño. Photo courtesy of DICT. Davao International...

Going digital to unlock potential of PH air cargo industry

Going digital to unlock potential of PH air cargo industry

Feb. 27 | Cargo IT solutions provider CHAMP Cargosystems said it sees potential for further growth of the Philippine airfreight market if the industry can harness digitalization to its advantage. Arnaud Lambert, president and chief executive officer of CHAMP Cargosystems...

Few PH cargo service firms have reached full automation—SoftLink-PortCalls survey

Few PH cargo service firms have reached full automation—SoftLink-PortCalls survey

Dec. 19 | Majority of logistics companies in the Philippines have yet to automate their operations citing, among others, the lack of expertise in IT as a barrier for adopting IT, a recent online survey revealed. The survey conducted jointly by IT logistics solutions...
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