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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...

DICT to roll out P2.5B capacity expansion project

DICT to roll out P2.5B capacity expansion project

Feb. 27 | Davao International Container Terminal (DICT) is now only awaiting the release of permits to begin a P2.5-billion expansion project, as the Panabo, Davao Del Sur terminal is already at full capacity after five years in operation. DICT’s container yard...

Industry associations, port operators take steps to solve problem with empty containers in PH

Industry associations, port operators take steps to solve problem with empty containers in PH

Feb. 19 | The Association of International Shipping Lines (AISL), Alliance of Concerned Truck Owners and Organizations (ACTOO), Container Depot Alliance of the Philippines (CDAP) and International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) have agreed to undertake...

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...

ASEAN firms stand to gain from trade war if they act now—trade and customs expert

ASEAN firms stand to gain from trade war if they act now—trade and customs expert

Dec. 3 | Angelia Chew, co-founder and managing partner of Singapore-based AC Trade Advisory, at the recent seminar on “Managing International Trade in the Philippines and Beyond in Asia Pacific” organized by PortCalls and Asia Customs & Trade. The...

Gov’t moves to solve empty container return problem; groups shun planned truck holiday

Gov’t moves to solve empty container return problem; groups shun planned truck holiday

Nov. 14 | (Clockwise, from right) Philippine Ports Authority general manager Atty Jay Daniel Santiago, Customs commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero and Department of Transportation OIC-undersecretary for Maritime Fernando Juan Perez meet on Nov 14 to coordinate government...

Highly trained customs workforce key to trade reform success—WB

Highly trained customs workforce key to trade reform success—WB

Nov. 12 | Educating customs officials and customs brokers through regular training is positively associated with lower border and documentary compliance times, according to a recent case study by the World Bank (WB). “Training is also related to the successful...

Report: clustering a powerful solution to productivity, logistics cost challenges

Report: clustering a powerful solution to productivity, logistics cost challenges

Nov. 2 | Developing regional economic clusters leveraged on a province’s competitive advantage could create more trade and eventually lead to lower logistics and utilities costs in the Philippines, according to a policy brief sponsored by local port stakeholders,...