A group servicing Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) locators and companies has been established to address logistics concerns, among other issues.
The Federation of PEZA Service Providers (FPSP) will be co-chaired by Alberto Lina (Air21 and Lina Group of Companies) and Ferdinand Ferrer Alberto (EMS Group of Companies).
Marilyn Alberto (Kintetsu World Express (Phils.), Inc.) is the group’s vice president and Rey Soliman (Professional Customs Brokers Association of the Philippines, Inc.), its secretary.
Treasurer is Maria Zapata (MBZ Group of Companies) and public relations officer, Adones Carmona (Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc.).
In a phone interview with PortCalls, Lina said FPSP was jointly conceptualized by PEZA director general Charito Plaza and industry players, noting it was high time such a group representing PEZA-accredited service providers is established.
FPSP, Lina said, aims to help PEZA locators and accredited service providers cut costs and be more competitive.
Carmona, in a text message to PortCalls, said FPSP will tackle concerns of PEZA-accredited service providers. In a separate message, Alberto said the group will help expedite resolution of logistics issues.
PEZA accredits service providers, including customs brokers, freight forwarders, truckers, and courier and messengerial delivery service providers. Based on the agency’s online database, it has accredited 844 service providers as of July 30. – Roumina Pablo