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BOC launches parcel, balikbayan box online monitoring system

BOC launches parcel, balikbayan box online monitoring system

Oct. 31 | At the launch of the Bureau of Customs online parcel and balikbayan box tracking system. Photo from the BOC. In time for the expected rush in holiday shipments of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the Bureau of Customs (BOC) officially rolled out on October...

Cebu ports rack up 34% cargo growth from Jan-Sept

Cebu ports rack up 34% cargo growth from Jan-Sept

Oct. 31 | Cebu ports handled 44.120 million metric tons (mt) of cargoes in the first nine months of 2019, up 34.4% from the 32.819 million mt recorded in the same period last year, data from the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) showed. Of the total, domestic cargoes accounted...

Hapag-Lloyd to introduce sulfur transition charge

Hapag-Lloyd to introduce sulfur transition charge

Oct. 30 | Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd will apply a sulfur transition charge to short-term contracts to offset the additional costs from complying with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) sulfur policy, which takes effect come 2020. The German ocean...

Drewry predicts sharp drop in 2019 container production as inventory grows

Drewry predicts sharp drop in 2019 container production as inventory grows

Oct. 30 | Total shipping container production is expected to decline by 36% in 2019 compared to 2018 as factory inventory continues to grow, forecasts Drewry, noting that China alone has over one million TEUs stockpiled in depots. In addition, prices of new and...

Misdeclared steel bars seized at Port of Manila

Misdeclared steel bars seized at Port of Manila

Oct. 30 | The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized two containers of misdeclared stainless steel angle bars from China at the Port of Manila (POM). BOC Intelligence Group deputy commissioner Raniel T. Ramiro, in a statement, said the shipment, which was declared...

Ombudsman clears two ex-PPA officials of graft charges

Ombudsman clears two ex-PPA officials of graft charges

Oct. 30 | The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed the graft cases against former Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Atty. Juan C. Sta. Ana and former assistant general manager for operations Raul T. Santos for lack of merit. In a joint order dated...

87 new graduates join Bureau of Customs police force

87 new graduates join Bureau of Customs police force

Oct. 30 | The Bureau of Customs (BOC) will soon deploy 87 new customs police officers who have recently graduated from training. The new customs policemen who graduated on October 28 were part of AGILA (Alagad ng Gobyerno na Iaalay ang Lahat para sa Aduana) Class...

Sangley Airport starts 7-day trial run before formal launch

Sangley Airport starts 7-day trial run before formal launch

Oct. 30 | Sangley Airport in Cavite began its dry run on October 29 and is expected to go into full operations seven days after. “I will finish the dry run in seven days. After seven days, it (airport) must be operational as an ideal entity,” Transport Secretary...

Maersk partners with industry peers and customers to develop low-carbon fuel

Maersk partners with industry peers and customers to develop low-carbon fuel

Oct. 29 | A.P. Moller-Maersk has formed a coalition that will explore LEO—a blend of lignin and ethanol—as a potential part of the future solution for sustainable shipping. Maersk and Norwegian/Swedish shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen have teamed up with...

Santa Maria quits as chief of PAL Holdings, stays on at PAL Inc

Santa Maria quits as chief of PAL Holdings, stays on at PAL Inc

Oct. 29 | Gilbert Santa Maria has resigned as president and director of PAL Holdings, Inc., the holding company of airline PAL Inc, just three months after his appointment, citing personal reasons. He remains PAL Inc’s president. PAL Holdings, Inc., in a disclosure...