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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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Greetings From Cebu

Asof 4pm Sept 25, 2014 , Cebu boxes is 80% delivered... 29 days lang since ma load/dispatched from LAX..parang MManila ang bilis...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Cebu Landing

Yay! The eagle has landed (so to speak)!!!
The first Cebu shipment of the West Coast arrived on September 19, 2014 as scheduled. No delays!  It was released from Customs after two days on September 23.

Erwin and company are in Cebu seeing to the unloading of the container and the dispatch to other destinations in VisMin. Boxes bound for Iloilo, Bacolod, Davao, Tacloban, CDO will be shipped via a 10‐footer immediately after unloading. Other destinations like Zamboanga and Surigao will be shipped via loose cargo. It goes without saying that Cebu and Bohol boxes will be delivered after a day or two. Metro Manila and Luzon boxes will be shipped the following day.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Manila vice mayor defends truck ban

MANILA, Philippines - Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno renewed yesterday his defense of the city government’s truck ban, scored by businessmen and some officials for disrupting commerce and worsening Metro Manila’s traffic problem.

“We want to address port congestion… We get the blame for the heavy traffic on C-5 Road, when it is not within (the jurisdiction of) Manila. We get blamed for the traffic even in Katipunan,” Moreno, whose real name is Francisco Domagoso, said during a Senate hearing on port congestion.

Manila port logjam fans inflation as output ebbs

CONTAINERS with goods from garlic to microchips are piling up at the main ports in the Philippines six months after a truck ban took effect, causing a supply logjam that’s fanned inflation and may impair output.

A file photo of cargo vessel at a port in Manila. Manila’s ports account for about a third of the country’s inbound and outbound cargo, according to official data.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Monday, August 11, 2014

Truckers protest over port congestion

Truckers protest over port congestion

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Manila Truck Ban Blamed for Port Congestion

Manila Truck Ban Blamed for Port Congestion

Port congestion threatens projected export growth

Port congestion threatens projected export growth

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Manila port congestion? Move to Subic, Batangas

Behind every crisis is opportunity. The economic drop that Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada caused by his citywide daytime truck ban in time could perk up the entire Mega Manila. That is, if national officials get their act together.
The truck ban was long due. For decades, dump and cargo trucks and container trailers have been wrecking city streets, clogging traffic, and dirtying the air. City hall derived no income from the haulers, while its road repair, traffic control, and public health bills mounted. Last Feb. Estrada forbade big vehicles from using his streets from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

PASA explains delays in balikbayan box deliveries

LOS ANGELES – In recent weeks, the delivery of balikbayan boxes to the Philippines has been encountering long delays, prompting the Pilipino American Shippers Association to reach out to tens of thousands of customers to explain the delays.

Joel P. Longares, one of the founders of PASA, an organization of balikbayan box forwarders in the United States, said the delivery of balikbayan boxes are experiencing from three to six week delays because of at least three reasons.

The first, Longares said, is the mandatory physical inspection of all balikbayan boxes by the Department of Homeland Security in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and other ports in the US. He said before the inspection was random with only those that show signs of suspicious cargo during the X-ray screening sent for physical inspection.