The ports of Manila are full of empty containers and overstaying cargoes that there is no space for incoming imports. The result is congestion and heavy traffic in and out of the ports. With the Christmas season fast approaching, containerships would be unloading more imported goods at the ports as demand for consumer goods peak during the holidays.
The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is doing its best to decongest the ports of empty containers and started shipping out overstaying Customs-cleared cargoes of multinational firms to decongest the ports of Manila. And the city government of Manila has lifted its truck ban that would allow container trucks to ply the routes in and out of the ports.
The PPA and ports operators are desperate the clear the port area of empty containers and overstaying ready-to-go containers to have ample yard space as held-up containers from foreign ports start to flood the two Manila ports.
The port have operators already identified the boxes that will be initially moved out of the two ports and the cargo owners and will start positioning the boxes for loading.
“Initially, these cargoes will be relocated using the S3 service of a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) that will ferry the containers to Subic,” PPA general manager Juan Sta. Ana explained.
“We will continue with this initiative until we have met the desired number of containers inside the two Manila ports, which is equivalent to a 60% yard utilization,” Sta. Ana stressed.
Based on the PPA inventory, there is a significant number of customs-cleared and customs-cleared with gate pass cargoes stacked up at the Manila ports while a modest number of pre-cleared containers are waiting at the Manila anchorage and currently in transit.
Customs-cleared containers are boxes that already paid the proper duties and taxes to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) but have yet to pay the cargo-handling fees. Customs-cleared cargoes with gate pass are boxes that already paid both the duties and taxes and the cargo-handling fees but remain stored at the ports for one reason or another.