Friday, January 23, 2015

DTI warns public against unreputable freight forwarders

MAKATI, 23 Jan. (PIA)--The Department of Trade and Industry’s Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (DTI-FTEB) warned the public against the unreputable freight forwarders, which were the subject of complaints from shippers and consignees for non-delivery of Balikbayan boxes.

In a statement, DTI-Consumer Protection Group (CPG) Undersecretary Atty. Victorio Mario A. Dimagiba said the DTI-FTEB listed these erring foreign and local sea freight forwarders to prevent consumers in patronizing their services.

“The advisory also cited the 54 foreign freight forwarders/consolidators from Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East and USA that have pending complaints pertaining to Balikbayan boxes,” Dimagiba said.

According to Dimagiba, the FTEB, a DTI-CPG line bureau, regularly posts its advisory of erring foreign and local sea freight forwarders for non-delivery of Balikbayan boxes in the DTI website.
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Port logjam lowered Peza investments in 2014

Investments registered by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority increased by a marginal 1.21 percent in 2014, a consequence of the truck ban in Manila that triggered a seven-monthlong congestion in the capital’s main gateways.

According to Peza Head for Promotion and Public Relations Group Elmer San Pascual, investments as of December 2014 is at $279.477 billion, which fell short of the 10-percent target for 2014.

“Malaki epekto ng port congestion. Those who were planning to expand had to rethink their expansion plans because their raw materials were not coming in and they, likewise, can’t ship out their finished products,” San Pascual said.

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Port congestion dampens Toyota Philippines' parts exports

MANILA - The congestion at Manila's main ports has taken its toll on the Philippine auto parts business of Toyota Motor.

According to Toyota Motor Philippines Corp (TMPC) vice president Rommel Gutierrez, the group's exports dropped by a tenth year-on-year to $890 million and fell short of its $897 million target.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Black Nazarene, Pope visit could worsen port congestion

CHALLENGE. The national government says the problem of port congestion could worsen due to operation interruptions in the coming weeks. Photo from the ICTSI website
MANILA, Philippines – MalacaƱang has appealed to the private sector to pull out as many of their containers as they can from the Port of Manila in view of two major events that would interrupt port operations this month.

Port congestion seen to worsen during Papal visit

Posted at 01/07/2015 5:54 PM
MANILA – The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said congestion at the Ports of Manila is expected to worsen with the arrival of Pope Francis on January 15.

PPA General Manager Juan Sta. Ana said that after the nine-day Christmas holiday break, yard utilization at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) of International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) and Manila South Harbor of Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) increased to 89 percent from 79 percent on December 24.

Sta. Ana said that based on estimates by the Port Congestion-Multisectoral Working Group (PC-MWG), yard utilization will climb by 3 percent a day during the 5-day Papal visit from January 15 to 19.

He said the number of vessels waiting at the pilot station increased to 17. The figure does not include the 5 currently docked at South Harbor and 7 at MICT as of January 7.

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