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Revenues of Asia Pac airlines dip 20% in ’09

Revenues of Asia Pac airlines dip 20% in ’09

Jan. 27 | AS expected, member airlines of the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) posted steep declines in both cargo and passenger traffic in 2009 mainly due to the effects of the global economic crisis. Cargo volume slipped 11% to 4.3 million tons from...

FTAs no great shakes, according to forwarders

FTAs no great shakes, according to forwarders

Jan. 27 | RECENT free trade agreements (FTAs) entered into by the country will not greatly benefit international freight forwarders, at least not in the short term. A number of FTAs, in particular within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), went...

PAL to develop cargo markets in Brisbane and Riyadh

PAL to develop cargo markets in Brisbane and Riyadh

Jan. 27 | FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) will aggressively develop its cargo business in the Brisbane and Riyadh markets, soon to be serviced once again by PAL. The carrier will restart its Manila-Brisbane service on March 17 and Manila-Riyadh on March...

INS tests import clearance system with DA agencies

INS tests import clearance system with DA agencies

Jan. 27 | CUSTOMS value-added service provider InterCommerce Network Systems (INS) is pilot testing an electronic import clearance system with the Department of Agriculture for official rollout in March. The test involves private companies dealing with the Bureau...

Petron not renewing expired tanker contracts

Petron not renewing expired tanker contracts

Jan. 27 | PETRON Corp is reducing contracts with local tanker operators, and this is making members of the Philippine Petroleum Sea Transport Association (Philpesta) antsy. Petron’s decision is understood to mean that it will now progressively use tankers...

Stakeholders hold out hope for RKC ratification

Stakeholders hold out hope for RKC ratification

Jan. 25 | PORT users remain optimistic that the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) will be ratified by the Senate despite continuing political squabbles in its halls. Members of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) and the Port Users Confederation have been trooping...

PCG wants age cap for passenger vessel imports

PCG wants age cap for passenger vessel imports

Jan. 25 | THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) wants to cap the age of passenger vessels that may be imported to 10 years to improve safety. Vessels operating in the Philippines are usually 21-25 years old. “We are looking at 10 years old for imports and 20 years...

Four agencies get priority in NSW

Four agencies get priority in NSW

Jan. 25 | THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) is finalizing its link with four government agencies under the National Single Window (NSW). This after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo released P500 million to implement the system. The departments of agriculture, health,...

PLSA opposes concession fees in North Harbor

PLSA opposes concession fees in North Harbor

Jan. 25 | THE Philippine Liner Shipping Association (PLSA) wants the provision on concession fees for ancillary services deleted under the North Harbor contract, claiming it is detrimental to both shipping lines and the public. PLSA said the concession fees, which...

Business as usual after fire, according to BOC

Business as usual after fire, according to BOC

Jan. 25 | THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) yesterday (Jan 26) assured port stakeholders there will be minimal delays in the filing and clearing of cargoes after a fire razed Customs offices at the Port of Manila (POM) late Monday night (Jan 25). Customs deputy commissioner...
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