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PH ship agents decry delay in CPRS activation for tramp operators

PH ship agents decry delay in CPRS activation for tramp operators

Feb. 4 | The Philippine Ship Agents Association (PSAA) is requesting the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to set a limit of 24 hours to approve the activation of principals/tramp operators under the agency’s Client Profile Registration System (CPRS) to avoid delays in...

Inter-agency order to address high shipping costs, port congestion in PH

Inter-agency order to address high shipping costs, port congestion in PH

Jan. 31 | Several Philippine government agencies are targeting to issue a joint administrative order (JAO) on February 14 that would contain measures aimed at addressing high international shipping costs, port congestion, and the empty container issue. The agencies...

Outlook for PH cargo transport in 2019 a mixed bag of hopes and fears

Outlook for PH cargo transport in 2019 a mixed bag of hopes and fears

Jan. 23 | The Philippine cargo transport industry has a mixed outlook for 2019: volumes and opportunities are seen to increase, but issues and concerns affecting operations and costs last year have carried through as major challenges for this year. The positive...

P677B revenue collection goal for 2019 doable, says BOC chief

P677B revenue collection goal for 2019 doable, says BOC chief

Jan. 15 | Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero is confident of meeting the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) P677-billion 2019 revenue collection target. In a text message to PortCalls, Guerrero said meeting this year’s goal, 15.8% higher than last year’s P584.881...

Container depot utilization still high at 95%—CDAP

Container depot utilization still high at 95%—CDAP

Jan. 9 | Utilization of container yards in Metro Manila has gone down but still remains at a high level of 90% to 95%, Container Depot Alliance of the Philippines (CDAP) president Roger Lalu told PortCalls in a phone interview on January 7. The current rate is...

PLSA: New North Port tariff ‘ambiguous’, favors operator

PLSA: New North Port tariff ‘ambiguous’, favors operator

Dec. 28 | Included in the new North Harbor official tariff are rates and fees for hustling, lift-on/lift-off, administration, non-standard lifts, crane standby, extra labor services, equipment rental, re-stowing of containers, weighing, lifting and closing of hatch...

DOTr eyes private sector to operate MVIS for trucks, buses

DOTr eyes private sector to operate MVIS for trucks, buses

Dec. 28 | The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is looking at allowing private operators to run motor vehicle inspection systems (MVIS) for trucks and buses to hasten implementation of the system. Transportation Undersecretary for road transport and infrastructure...

CTAP seeks total scrapping of trucks’ maximum allowable weight rule

CTAP seeks total scrapping of trucks’ maximum allowable weight rule

Dec. 25 | The Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (CTAP) will ask the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to permanently suspend the enforcement, under the Anti-Overloading Law, of the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight...

PPA hunting for space in Luzon to accept empty containers

PPA hunting for space in Luzon to accept empty containers

Dec. 25 | The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is looking to develop another port in Luzon—particularly in Bataan, to solve the current difficulty in returning empty containers. “We’re looking for space. We’re looking for logistical solutions to relocate...

Enhancements for BOC’s 1-Assessment ready

Enhancements for BOC’s 1-Assessment ready

Dec. 10 | The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is set to launch this month fixes for bugs and updates for 1-Assessment. 1-Assessment is the web-based queue management app that provides bias-free assessment by randomly assigning appraisers and examiners to declared goods...
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