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Batangas Port attracts even more carriers

Batangas Port attracts even more carriers

Jul. 30 | With little congestion relief in sight at Manila ports, more and more shipping lines are scheduling calls at Batangas Port, about two hours from the Philippine capital. On July 28 SITC Container Lines called Batangas Container Terminal (BCT) and will...

Shipping lines’ sweepers clear a fifth of empties at Manila ports

Shipping lines’ sweepers clear a fifth of empties at Manila ports

Jul. 29 | Approximately a fifth of around 17,000 to 22,000 empty containers in Manila Ports have been cleared after international shipping lines last week sent sweeper vessels to move out empty containers, a measure seen by the government to decongest the ports. Sweepers...

Aquino touts PPP projects, pats BOC on the back during SONA

Aquino touts PPP projects, pats BOC on the back during SONA

Jul. 29 | President Benigno Aquino III commended the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and its leaders for the 22% year-on-year increase in cash collections for the first four months of 2014. “With righteousness and with solidarity, we can clean up an institution that...

Vietnam rolls out 2020 transportation master plan

Vietnam rolls out 2020 transportation master plan

Jul. 29 | The government of Vietnam has unveiled an ambitious development plan for its transport sector that covers the land, water, and air transport infrastructure systems. The restructuring project to improve the transport sector by 2020 was approved by Prime...

Indonesia, Thailand focused on port development

Indonesia, Thailand focused on port development

Jul. 29 | The Indonesian government will fast-track the building of the IDR15-trillion (US$1.29 billion) Cilamaya Port in West Java from the original 2020 to late 2015 to increase port capacity in support of congested Tanjung Priok, the country’s busiest ocean...

Carriers reorganize Asia service loops to improve connections

Carriers reorganize Asia service loops to improve connections

Jul. 29 | CMA CGM’s overhauled ASAF route French container carrier CMA CGM is revamping its Asia-West Africa services starting August. “To better match the needs of its customers in terms of Asian ports covering and available capacities, and to improve...

PH importer, broker accreditation enters final stretch

PH importer, broker accreditation enters final stretch

Jul. 28 | In order to process all importers and customs brokers seeking Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) accreditation by the July 31 deadline set by the Department of Finance (DOF), the agencies would have to work double time. Based...

State of the PH transport industry: Challenging

State of the PH transport industry: Challenging

Jul. 28 | Government policies implemented one after another are testing the resiliency of transport industry stakeholders, with some describing the first half of the year as challenging, to say the least. Coming from an equally taxing 2013 that was witness to natural...

BOC weekend operations get tepid response from port users

BOC weekend operations get tepid response from port users

Jul. 28 | Only a measly number of entries were filed during the four consecutive weekends that the Bureau of Customs (BOC) was open for operations. This is despite government’s call for port stakeholders to utilize the weekend windows to help decongest Manila...

BOC allows SGL importers to file e2m declarations from all int’l ports

BOC allows SGL importers to file e2m declarations from all int’l ports

Jul. 28 | To help decongest Manila ports and facilitate the clearance and release of super green lane (SGL) shipments, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) has allowed SGL importers to lodge their import entry declarations (single administrative document or SAD) through...
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