Royal Cargo, SBITC forge partnership

Subic Bay International Terminal Corp (SBITC)-operated New Container Terminal in Subic Bay. Photo courtesy of SBITC.

Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC) is collaborating with specialized logistics solutions provider Royal Cargo, Inc. to provide seamless movement of goods to and from North and Central Luzon (NCL) and help small and medium-sized enterprises expand their operations.

“The joint efforts of the terminal and Royal Cargo have increased cold-storage options that will improve the quality of refrigerated cargo coming in and [going] out of the country in a fast and efficient manner. This creates opportunities within the value chain to allow local businesses to promote their market further outside of traditional centers like Manila,” SBITC president Roberto Locsin said in a statement.

Royal Cargo recently inaugurated its Cargo City North Hub, a 6.6-hectare facility that includes a 12,760-square-meter cold chain facility with 14,000 pallet positions, a 1.7-hectare container freight station that can accommodate 1,700 to 2,000 containers, an 8,000 sqm dry warehouse, and the hub’s own wastewater treatment facility.

“The North Hub will take us one step closer to helping companies across the country achieve growth and expand the new markets such as the Asia-Pacific region. With SBITC, we are now able to provide a direct connectivity to major intra-Asia and global ports which makes our operations a lot easier,” said Royal Cargo president Elmer Sarmiento.

Subic’s terminal handling charges are 48% lower compared to other terminals despite being the first and only on-dock warehouse in Region 3 that can connect to NCL’s largest cold-chain facility operated by Royal Cargo.

“Businesses that ship via Royal Cargo can now take advantage of SBITC’s perks such as its one-stop shop service facilities and 10-day free storage period while enjoying the terminal’s world class container handling services, not to mention SBMA’s (Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority) deferred payment of duties and taxes,” Locsin said.

SBITC added that once the Plaridel Bypass Road Phase 3 in Bulacan is completed, it will allow for faster delivery service and shorter travel time going in and out of the North Hub.

“The best thing about this collaboration with Royal Cargo is its sustainable shipping services we can offer to the Filipino entrepreneurs in NCL despite their increasing logistics demands. NCL is a successful, strong business hub in the making and I couldn’t be more proud knowing SBITC is going to be part of that success,” Locsin said.