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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,...

Magsaysay group’s chief chooses clustering over federalism to drive regional growth

Magsaysay group’s chief chooses clustering over federalism to drive regional growth

Sep. 21 | Doris Magsaysay Ho, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Magsaysay Group of Companies, favors clustering over federalism. Photo from www.msl.com.ph Instead of a shift to federalism, Doris Magsaysay-Ho, president and chief executive officer of...

Cebu port enlarging yard, opening spaces for dangerous goods, empties

Cebu port enlarging yard, opening spaces for dangerous goods, empties

Aug. 10 | Oriental Port and Allied Services Corporation manager for Legal, Customer Care and IT Department Atty. Annabel Pulvera-Page in a presentation during the 2nd Visayas Shipping Conference 2018 organized jointly by PortCalls and Asia Customs & Trade in...

Lorenzo Shipping predicts 10% volume growth amid robust FMCG demand, ongoing infra development

Lorenzo Shipping predicts 10% volume growth amid robust FMCG demand, ongoing infra development

Aug. 7 | Lorenzo Shipping Corporation president and CEO RJ Madamba Domestic carrier Lorenzo Shipping Corporation (LSC) is eyeing higher volumes this year as it is optimistic about the positive effect on shipping of the Philippines’ growing economy and expanding...

Marina details latest strategy to improve connectivity, reduce regulatory burden

Marina details latest strategy to improve connectivity, reduce regulatory burden

Jul. 6 | The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has listed its plans and programs to accomplish its aim of further connectivity, mainly by ensuring an economic, efficient, safe, secure, and adequate maritime transportation system. Domestic Shipping Service...

Port of Manila district collector’s hands-on approach boosts port efficiency, collections

Port of Manila district collector’s hands-on approach boosts port efficiency, collections

May. 20 | Bureau of Customs-Port of Manila district collector Atty. Erastus Sandino Austria believes increased operational efficiency results in faster transactions, a more conducive business setting at the bureau, efficient revenue collection, and diminished corruption. Putting...

Faster implementation of online system for return of empties eyed

Faster implementation of online system for return of empties eyed

Apr. 26 | The Association of International Shipping Lines (AISL) plans to fast-track the full implementation of its web-based system to help address issues with the return of empty containers. AISL president Patrick Ronas, in a phone interview with PortCalls,...