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Batangas port experiencing ripple effect of Manila congestion

Batangas port experiencing ripple effect of Manila congestion

Aug. 26 | Batangas port is also experiencing problems similar to those at Manila ports, according to a port executive. Sean Perez, vice president of Batangas port operator Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI), told PortCalls in a chance interview that it is not that Batangas...

Clark Freeport opens first container depot

Clark Freeport opens first container depot

Aug. 26 | The Clark Development Corp. (CDC) has opened a 3-hectare container depot at the Clark Freeport Zone to house empty containers coming from Manila and from Northern and Central Luzon in a bid to help ease overcrowding at Manila ports. “This is the first...

Northern Mindanao biz groups petition BOC for return of X-ray checks to within MCT

Northern Mindanao biz groups petition BOC for return of X-ray checks to within MCT

Aug. 26 | Northern Mindanao business groups are petitioning the return of the designated examination area with then the Mindanao Container Terminal. Northern Mindanao’s private sector is pushing for the return inside the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) of the...

Subic Super Shuttle starts box barging service

Subic Super Shuttle starts box barging service

Aug. 26 | Capt Cesar M. Grumo (middle), vessel master of MV West Ocean 3, receiving a certificate for the vessel’s maiden voyage to Subic Bay’s New Container Terminal 1 (NCT1) from Jay Silva, Subic Bay International Terminal Corp (SBITC) safety officer (left),...

BOC to auction illegal rice, seizes smuggled fruits from Africa

BOC to auction illegal rice, seizes smuggled fruits from Africa

Aug. 26 | The Bureau of Customs (BOC) will put up for auction on August 28 a total of 385 twenty-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) of smuggled rice shipments seized at the Manila International Container Port (MICP). The illegal shipments, which arrived October and November...

Harbor Star decries BOC’s seizure order for tugboat

Harbor Star decries BOC’s seizure order for tugboat

Aug. 26 | The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has ordered the seizure of one of the tugboats of Harbor Star Shipping Services, Inc. for alleged misdeclaration/underdeclaration of the imported vessel. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Harbor Star said it...

Vietnamese businesses assail ‘unreasonable’ freight surcharges

Vietnamese businesses assail ‘unreasonable’ freight surcharges

Aug. 25 | Vietnam trade associations are calling on the government to intervene as they hit out against foreign shipping lines for allegedly imposing high freight surcharges that do not conform to national laws and international standards. According to the Vietnam...

Container index hints at erratic global trade patterns, says report

Container index hints at erratic global trade patterns, says report

Aug. 25 | Global trade growth as measured in container throughput continues to evade any clear pattern, according to the latest Container Throughput Index of the RWI/ISL released this month. The RWI/ISL Container Throughput Index shows a decrease from 123 points...

Carriers open up more intra-Asia service routes

Carriers open up more intra-Asia service routes

Aug. 25 | Four ocean carriers will introduce a new intra-Asia joint service in November. The four—CMA CGM, China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), Orient Overseas Container Lines (OOCL), and Pacific International Lines (PIL)—have joined forces to launch the...

Hong Kong’s Hactl tightens security

Hong Kong’s Hactl tightens security

Aug. 25 | Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl)—Hong Kong’s largest cargo handler—has enhanced its security operations with the introduction of two electric vehicles to enable security staff to increase the frequency of patrols, and respond to any...