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The Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP) has released guidelines for members to follow to cope with the increasing difficulty of returning empty containers to container yards in Metro Manila.

Board Resolution No. 03 series of 2018, approved and adopted on September 26, notes that delays in deliveries and slowdowns in the turnaround of trucks are due to difficulties with returning empty containers to container yards. CTAP says this leads to higher logistics costs, which in turn can also raise prices of basic commodities.

Under Resolution 03-2018, a CTAP member trucker shall deliver the empty container to the designated container yard as indicated in the delivery order.

Once the truck arrives and the designated container yard cannot accommodate or accept the empty container, the trucker shall call and inform the CTAP Secretariat, which in turn will call and inform the concerned shipping line.

The trucker must provide the date, name of the trucking company, name of shipping line, container number, designated container yard, time of arrival at the container yard, and the person/representative of the container yard that the trucker talked to.

If despite notice, the concerned shipping line does not act within an hour, the trucker shall deliver the empty container to CTAP’s common container yards “at the expense of the shipping lines.”

The trucker will also charge the concerned shipping line with a diversion fee of P5,000 if it is diverted to a container yard within Metro Manila and P10,000 if sent outside Metro Manila.

If the designated yard is inside Manila South Harbor or Manila International Container Terminal and the shipping line is not answering calls or emails regarding the pre-advice, the trucker must also inform the CTAP Secretariat about diverting the delivery to the common container yard.

If the shipping line regularly sends a notice of pre-advice but is not answering the trucker even after sending four emails sent within the day, the trucker shall automatically deliver the empty container to the common container yard before the next truck ban.

CTAP advises truckers to furnish the Association of International Shipping Lines (AISL) copies of their emails.

Moreover, Resolution 03-2018 states that the trucker shall not be charged with detention once it has informed the shipping line that the container yard refused the empty container.

In Board Resolution No. 04-2018, approved and adopted on October 1, CTAP identified its common container yards as the Laguna Inland Gateway Container Terminal in Cabuyao, Laguna and the RIL Best Container Yard in Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite.

It also resolved the “reasonable charges and fees” to be billed and charged—with confirmation of CTAP—to shipping lines and paid to the common container yards.

The special yard service rates include P400 for control fee, P500 per truck for overtime fee, P300 per day for storage fee, and P600 for lift on and lift off.

Resolution 04-2018 also includes a repositioning fee of P10,000 if within Metro Manila and P15,000 if outside Metro Manila.

CTAP director Pepito Dino, in a phone interview with PortCalls, said the two resolutions take effect immediately. CTAP’s Secretariat will also be available 24 hours a day and point persons have been designated to handle concerns of member truckers in relation to return of empty containers.

Stakeholders have long complained about the difficulty of returning empty containers to containers yards, which are now to almost full or at full capacity, especially those in Metro Manila.

Truckers from different trucking groups say they have to queue to the designated container yard, only to be told that it is too full to accommodate them. Truckers have also complained of the difficulty in reaching some shipping lines to get a new designated container yard for their diverted empty container. Moreover, truckers complain that they are charged with detention fee for not returning the empty container on time, even if it was because it was turned away by the designated container yard.

There have been several dialogues between truckers, other stakeholders, and government agencies with AISL on the matter but no long-term solution has so far been agreed on. Empty containers are part of a ship’s gear and their return to container yards or the terminal for repositioning is decided on by shipping lines.

AISL earlier said the main issue is that the current number of container yards in Metro Manila can no longer accommodate the volume of empty containers. AISL president Patrick Ronas earlier acknowledged that while the volumes of imports have grown, the number of container yards, specifically in Metro Manila, has not. The Philippines, being an import-driven country with three imports for every one export, has many empty containers.

AISL general manager Atty. Maximino Cruz told PortCalls in a text message said their group “respect(s) CTAP’s right to come up with a board resolution being an independent organization.” – Roumina Pablo
Updated Oct 5, 12.26 pm. to include comment of AISL general manager Atty. Maximino Cruz.

3 Responses to “CTAP outlines rules for empty container returns”

  1. Can we request copy of the resosution?

    Thanks, Rey


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