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BOC-NAIA eyes measures to cut cargo clearance time

BOC-NAIA eyes measures to cut cargo clearance time

Feb. 19 | Bureau of Customs-Port of NAIA district collector Atty. Vincent Philip Maronilla at the Feb 13 NAIA Customs and Business Dialogue organized by PortCalls and Asia Customs & Trade. STAKEHOLDERS can expect faster and more streamlined processing at the...

Oil, auto, steel, agri sectors on top of BOC audit list

Oil, auto, steel, agri sectors on top of BOC audit list

Feb. 11 | The Philippine Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) reactivated unit, Post Clearance Audit Group (PCAG), has begun to identify importers and industries to investigate as it prepares to begin its work this month, according to Assistant Commissioner Ariel Nepomuceno. “Within...

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,...

Higher shipping rates seen as PH carriers impose recovery charge

Higher shipping rates seen as PH carriers impose recovery charge

Jan. 16 | Most members of the Philippine Liner Shipping Association (PLSA) will impose a recovery charge following imposition of the excise tax on fuel under the new Tax Reform for Inclusion and Acceleration (TRAIN) Law. This development will lead to higher shipping...

Mindanao Container Terminal users press anew for return of x-ray inside port premises

Mindanao Container Terminal users press anew for return of x-ray inside port premises

Jan. 10 | Stakeholders of Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) are once again asking that the physical inspection of their boxes be returned to the terminal area to do away with the added fees they incur because inspection takes place outside the port. In a letter...

TradeNet in prep stage for launch by July

TradeNet in prep stage for launch by July

Jan. 8 | The software for the Philippine government’s online trade facilitation portal, TradeNet, has been delivered and is now undergoing procedures in preparation for going live in July 2018. The TradeNet software was delivered by the Department of Information...

PH moratorium on truck anti-overloading regulation set for another extension

PH moratorium on truck anti-overloading regulation set for another extension

Dec. 30 | The Philippine Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is likely to once again extend for another six months the moratorium on the enforcement of the anti-overloading policy for trucks categorized under codes 12-2 and 12-3. Confederation of Truckers...

CTAP suggests ways to make anti-overloading law viable

CTAP suggests ways to make anti-overloading law viable

Dec. 24 | The Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP) is proposing several measures to ensure truckers’ compliance with the anti-overloading law. In a position paper submitted to Public Works Secretary Mark Villar, CTAP reiterated its...

Mindanao box terminal throughput up in first three quarters

Mindanao box terminal throughput up in first three quarters

Dec. 15 | Container traffic at Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) increased 8.7% in the first nine months of 2017 to 168,944 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), up from 155,369 TEUs during the same period last year, data from the Phividec Industrial Authority...

New PISA chair unveils plans for a strong domestic shipping sector

New PISA chair unveils plans for a strong domestic shipping sector

Dec. 10 | At the recent general membership meeting of the Philippine Inter-island Shipping Association were (L to R) former chairman Roberto Umali, current PISA chairman Christopher Pastrana, and Development Bank of the Philippines first vice president, Financing...
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