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US-led Blue Dot Network launched to counter Belt and Road Initiative

US-led Blue Dot Network launched to counter Belt and Road Initiative

Nov. 11 | The United States, Japan and Australia unveiled recently the Blue Dot Network, whose goal is to “advance high-quality, trusted infrastructure development standards” and which is seen by observers as intending to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The...

DSV Panalpina’s CFO turns 50

DSV Panalpina’s CFO turns 50

Nov. 8 | Jens H. Lund, CFO, DSV Panalpina Jens Lund joined DSV as Group CFO in 2002 – at the age of 32. In 2000, he was working for Carnegie Investment Bank and was the lead corporate finance advisor for DSV on the acquisition of DFDS Dantransport. He did such...

e2m to soon recognize declarants other than customs broker

e2m to soon recognize declarants other than customs broker

Oct. 7 | Image by Pexels from Pixabay The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is restructuring its electronic-to-mobile (e2m) system to finally enable implementation of an order that will allow individuals, other than customs brokers, to act as declarant and sign the goods...

With looming IMO 2020 implementation, no MARINA plan yet for domestic vessels

With looming IMO 2020 implementation, no MARINA plan yet for domestic vessels

Oct. 2 | The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) is still studying how to implement the International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020, or the sulfur cap policy, on domestic shipping lines. The global regulation is for implementation in three months’ time. Beginning...

PH pharma largely untapped by cold chain logistics providers

PH pharma largely untapped by cold chain logistics providers

Oct. 1 | Rolly Melendrez, Alcon Laboratories Philippines country supply chain head, in a presentation at the recent Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines’ Supply Chain Conference. The pharmaceutical and medical devices industry in the Philippines...

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...