Goldwin CFS not expected to operate in Block 168 at port area by end-August
The company is just now stripping the last few containers before it leaves the yard
Block 168 is part of concession of Asian Terminals Inc
Container freight station Goldwin CFS, Inc. is expected to no longer operate in Block 168 at the port area by end-August.
This is according to Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) Port Management Office NCR-South port manager Catherine Esto, who told PortCalls in a phone interview that the agency from August 15 has allowed Goldwin to unload and strip the last 30 containers still in its warehouse at Block 168 in Port Area, Manila before the property is turned over to port operator Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI).
Block 168 is part of the concession area of ATI, which operates Manila South Harbor.
PortCalls tried to reach Goldwin for relocation details but has not received a reply as of press time.
Per Goldwin’s estimate of stripping two containers per day, all containers should be cleared by end August, Esto said, effectively shutting out Goldwin from operating at Block 168.
By October the entire area is expected to be fully vacated, she added.
Goldwin was allowed to strip and unload containers from August 15, the same day it fully settled its outstanding obligations with PPA and requested to be allowed to release the remaining containers.
Esto said Goldwin has not paid rent to PPA since October 2022.
PPA on April 25 wrote Goldwin that the area will be turned over to ATI effective May 1, 2023 as part of its concession. Esto said ATI also wrote Goldwin on April 27 and May 17 informing them to vacate the property but did not get a response, and only did in July when ATI adjusted the exit gates and fenced the property.
The CFS operator operated business as usual until early August when it was no longer able to release containers, affecting some stakeholders.
Esto said PPA received letters from importers and exporters on their concern and has met with some stakeholders recently to explain the situation. – Roumina Pablo