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THE trucking rate increase set for implementation by February 14 is facing deferment after the affected party — the dis-tribution managers, specifically the Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines (SCMAP) — has yet to approve the same.

“Even though we verbally agreed, SCMAP still has to come out with a (board) resolution, without which we cannot effect an increase,” SCMAP president John Guillermo told PortCalls.

“With the induction ceremony our main focus this month, I think the increase will have to momentarily take a back seat or until our next board meeting next month,” he added.

SCMAP, formerly the Distribution Management Association of the Philippines, will induct its new set of officers tomorrow (February 7).

The Allied Transport Group, Integrated North Harbor Truckers Association and WGA Truckers Association are claiming they can no longer wait for the SCMAP resolution and will go ahead with the increase.

“We will implement the rate increase with or without the resolution of the SCMAP,” the truckers, collectively known as North Harbor Trucking Association, said.

They are proposing a 16% rate hike or P817.77 per 20-footer from P5,100 per trip to P5,917.77 for every 40-kilometer round trip to and from Metro Manila to counter increasing costs.

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