Iloilo port development to enhance BOC-Iloilo’s impex services

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Iloilo port development to enhance BOC-Iloilo’s impex services
Artist’s rendition of ICTSI’s vision for Iloilo Commercial Port Complex, to be renamed Visayas Container Terminal. Image from ICTSI.
  • The Iloilo Commercial Port Complex development will enhance Bureau of Customs-Port of Iloilo operations, specifically in import and export services, according to District Collector Julius Premediles
  • He affirmed readiness of the Port of Iloilo to cater to international container ships under the new management of the Visayas Container Terminal
  • The Philippine Ports Authority granted a 25-year concession contract to VCT, a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc

The Iloilo Commercial Port Complex (ICPC) development will enhance Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Iloilo operations, specifically in import and export services, according to District Collector Julius Premediles.

He affirmed readiness of the Port of Iloilo to cater to international container ships under the new management of the Visayas Container Terminal (VCT), a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI).

The Philippine Ports Authority in January this year granted a 25-year concession contract to VCT to develop and operate ICPC.

READ: ICTSI awarded 25-year contract for Iloilo port

The BOC-Iloilo district collector highlighted the advantages of having a well-equipped and technologically advanced arrastre operator for international containers.

The port will be operated exclusively to serve foreign vessels and cargoes, with a provision for domestic vessels and cargoes in the initial five years.

Located at the heart of Iloilo City, ICPC serves the province of Iloilo and the entire Panay Island, in Western Visayas of the Philippines. It is located away from the older port facilities on the Southern coast of Panay Island, in Panay Gulf.  It is one of the country’s safest and most natural harbors with Guimaras Island shielding the port from storms and making it ideal for harboring ships and vessels.

ICTSI said it will focus on improving terminal productivity and service quality by investing in the development and rehabilitation of the terminal infrastructure and the deployment of cargo-handling equipment.

In March 2023, BOC-Iloilo collected P446 million, surpassing the monthly target revenue of P402.67 million by 10.77%.