Under INHTA Resolution No. 01-14 dated March 22, the association said the “present situation affecting effective execution of the tasks such as but not limited to wage increase, cargo security measures, fuel, spare parts, accessories, lubricants, road restrictions and regulations (truck ban, increased penalties, different Local Government Units’ implementation schemes, indiscriminate and abusive towing) and cargo load weight limitations (RA 8794 Section 6), necessitates an upward adjustment on the trucking rates.”
RA 8794 is An Act Imposing A Motor Vehicle User’s Charge On Owners Of All Types of Motor Vehicles and For Other Purposes.
Truck rates for twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) within Metro Manila will be P12,128, higher by 103.83% than the existing rate of P5,950 per TEU.
For above-standard load weight cargoes per TEU, the rates are as follows:
- Over 18 tons to 20 tons – Additional 25% of the trucking rate
- Over 20 tons to 21.5 tons – Additional 35% of the trucking rate
- Over 21.5 to 23 tons – Additional 50% of the trucking rate
The rates are inclusive of the 12% value-added tax.
INHTA said a trucking rate of 100% would be charged in case of aborted pick-up/delivery, while 70% of the trucking rate would be charged as demurrage fee if a truck is not loaded/unloaded of its cargo 12 hours after it arrived at the shipper/consignees’ premises and every 12 hours thereafter.
If the truck is apprehended for overloading and the actual load of the cargo is found to be more than the declared weight, the penalty for the apprehension shall be charged to the shipper/consignee plus the corresponding charges for above standard load weight.
Other terms of the resolution:
- Two pick-up/delivery points shall be charged 150% of the trucking rate of the farthest destination.
- The truck is manned by a driver and one helper only.
- 10-footer truck moves shall be charged the TEU rate.
- Tandem moves shall be charged 200% of the TEU rate.
- Diverted trips shall be charged 150% of the farthest delivery point.
The following are excluded from the rate increase:
- Project cargo, over-width, over-height and over-length cargoes
- Cargoes requiring special handling equipment
- Bobtail and/or advance position of container
The INHTA resolution stressed that “the trucking sector plays an important role in the growth of our economy by way of continuous and unhampered movement of cargoes, foreign and domestic, coming in and going out, in and around the country.”
It also made mention of the need for “efficient and on time deliveries of cargoes, raw materials and finished products”.— Roumina M. Pablo
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