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Archive for January, 2018

Taiwan to implement low-sulfur fuel rule for ships

Taiwan to implement low-sulfur fuel rule for ships

Jan. 31 | Taiwan is trying to be ahead of the curve in controlling air pollution from ships, with the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announcing on January 25 a low-sulfur fuel oil rule for ships entering its international ports that will go...

Vietnam to lower tariffs for thousands of Japanese products

Vietnam to lower tariffs for thousands of Japanese products

Jan. 31 | Thousands of Japanese goods imported into Vietnam will enjoy zero percent tariff in 2018, in line with the Southeast Asian country’s commitment to lower tariffs, as outlined in the Vietnam-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (VJEPA) and the ASEAN-Japan...

Sri Lanka, Singapore ink free trade agreement

Sri Lanka, Singapore ink free trade agreement

Jan. 31 | Singapore and Sri Lanka have signed a free trade agreement (FTA) aimed at boosting trade and investment between the two countries. The Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (SLSFTA) was signed January 23 by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry...

PH logistics players upbeat about 2018 amid old issues

PH logistics players upbeat about 2018 amid old issues

Jan. 30 | Philippine cargo transport service providers and supply chain professionals remain optimistic this year despite new and persistent challenges, saying issues will be centered on policies and infrastructure bottlenecks. In separate emails to PortCalls,...

Carriers’ surcharges mean up to $5B annual losses for PH economy

Carriers’ surcharges mean up to $5B annual losses for PH economy

Jan. 30 | Destination fees and surcharges imposed by international shipping lines cost the Philippine economy an estimated US$2 billion to $5 billion in losses annually, according to a joint report by the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) and the Export Development...

Imports with generic description to undergo close BOC scrutiny

Imports with generic description to undergo close BOC scrutiny

Jan. 30 | Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña is warning Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials against processing shipments with articles that have been declared in general terms as such declarations violate customs regulations. In a memorandum to all district and...

SCMAP targets 7 supply chain ‘pain points’ that curb growth

SCMAP targets 7 supply chain ‘pain points’ that curb growth

Jan. 30 | One of the problems facing the Philippine supply chain industry is the shortage of qualified warehousing personnel. The Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines (SCMAP) is creating collaboration groups to address seven identified supply...

BOC, PEZA in renewed partnership to further automate operations

BOC, PEZA in renewed partnership to further automate operations

Jan. 30 | The Bureau of Customs and Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) have signed a memorandum of agreement renewing their cooperation to further improve operations covering shipments bound to PEZA economic zones. The Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Philippine...

PPA introduces new logo

PPA introduces new logo

Jan. 30 | The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has unveiled a new logo as part of its bid to transform itself into a more transparent, reliable, and model corporate organization. The new logo, which was unveiled on January 29, was approved by the Office of the...

PH port group bats for scrapping of some shipping charges

PH port group bats for scrapping of some shipping charges

Jan. 30 | Philippine port users and stakeholders are proposing the discontinuation of several fees imposed by agents of international shipping lines, claiming these are “unjust” and “oppressive.” Port Users Confederation, Inc. (PUC) chairman Atty. Oscar...
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