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South Harbor indefinitely suspends acceptance of empties

  • Acceptance of empty containers at the Manila South Harbor is suspended indefinitely
  • Port operator Asian Terminals Inc attributed the suspension to vessels “arriving delayed the past few weeks. Due to this, empties are not loaded regularly and immediately”
  • The suspension took effect on Nov 18 from at 7pm

Manila South Harbor is for now not accepting empty containers both on single and double transaction basis until further notice. The suspension took effect at 7pm on Nov 18.

In Marketing Circular No. 1121-040, South Harbor operator Asian Terminals Inc attributed the suspension to vessels “arriving delayed the past few weeks. Due to this, empties are not loaded regularly and immediately.”

ATI did not explain the reason for vessel delays but this may still be related to the global supply chain problem associated with COVID-19 restrictions. The restrictions at seaports arising from the pandemic and sudden increased demand in global consumption for goods have together caused port congestion, giving rise to vessel delays.

ATI said it has requested shipping lines to call ATI South Harbor first so empties can be loaded out. This will then allow the operator to accommodate empties immediately.

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