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BOC eyes more automation projects

BOC eyes more automation projects

Sep. 12 | Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has lined up several short-, medium- and long-term automation projects covering, among others, informal entries, e-commerce shipments and postal tracking. BOC Management Information System...

Growing population, 24-hour society fuel PH cold chain sector

Growing population, 24-hour society fuel PH cold chain sector

Sep. 3 | Frank Kok, general manager for Asia-Pacific of global trade and logistics IT solutions provider AEB A young and growing population and a 24-hour economy are helping boost the Philippines’ cold chain industry, according to Frans Kok, general manager...

PH, Australia implement e-phytosanitary certification

PH, Australia implement e-phytosanitary certification

Aug. 23 | Image by 41330 from Pixabay The Philippine Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) and Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) have started implementing an electronic certificate exchange for plant and plant products imported from Australia. With...

Various issues weigh on BOC as it drafts e-commerce rules

Various issues weigh on BOC as it drafts e-commerce rules

Aug. 5 | Image by Tumisu from Pixabay As the Bureau of Customs (BOC) drafts its rules on cross-border e-commerce, it finds itself confronted with a multitude of potential issues related to online purchases. The bureau’s key concern is determination of liability,...

China has largest high-speed rail network in the world, says WB study

China has largest high-speed rail network in the world, says WB study

Jul. 10 | A new study from the World Bank said China has put into operation over 25,000 kilometers of dedicated high-speed railway (HSR) lines since 2008, far more than the total high-speed lines operating in the rest of the world. “China has built the largest...

CDAP defers container depot shutdown, protest plans

CDAP defers container depot shutdown, protest plans

Jun. 10 | Image by Michael Gaida from Pixabay The Container Depot Alliance of the Philippines (CDAP) has put on hold a plan to close newly opened empty container depots (ECDs) outside Metro Manila and declare a holiday at all member container yards (CYs). CDAP...

UnionBank makes inroads in logistics with 30% stake in Shiptek

UnionBank makes inroads in logistics with 30% stake in Shiptek

May. 25 | At the May 22 event marking the agreement signing between UnionBank of the Philippines subsidiary UBX and Shiptek Solutions, were (L-R) Shiptek Solutions Corp. chief operating officer Joey Ynion, Shiptek chief executive officer Eugenio Ynion, UBX CEO...

Domestic shipping lines seek exemption from IMO 2020 compliance

Domestic shipping lines seek exemption from IMO 2020 compliance

May. 20 | Image by Maritime_Filming_UK from Pixabay The Philippine Inter-island Shipping Association (PISA) is requesting the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) to exempt domestic ships from implementation of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO)...

Another congestion? CDAP warns of CYs’ shutdown, holiday as utilization drops

Another congestion? CDAP warns of CYs’ shutdown, holiday as utilization drops

May. 13 | Image by druckfuchs from Pixabay The Container Depot Alliance of the Philippines (CDAP) is considering the closure of recently opened empty container depots (ECDs) outside Metro Manila and declaring a holiday in all member container yards (CYs) to address...

Cavite Gateway Terminal presents logistics advantages for Southern Luzon businesses

Cavite Gateway Terminal presents logistics advantages for Southern Luzon businesses

Mar. 22 | By using the waterways, Cavite Gateway Terminal allows Southern Luzon manufacturers and exporters to easily move their containers in and out of the Manila International Container Terminal, bypassing truck bans and the road congestion. Manufacturers, especially...