Manila Port Congestion Resolved

Malacañang (official office of the President of the Philippines) reported this week that operations at the Port of Manila have been completely normalized and congestion has been resolved.

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, head of the Cabinet Cluster on port decongestion, said that for the past three weeks the ships with berthing schedules were accommodated accordingly and for ships that arrive unscheduled, they were able to dock within 24 to 60 hours from arrival.

According to data from the Philippine Ports Authority, from a high of 105 percent utilization rate during the height of the truck ban in May 2014, currently the utilization rates stood at 79 percent to 84 percent both at the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) and Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI),

Decongestion efforts implemented at Manila include shipping out overstaying cargoes, utilising alternate piers, allowing 24-hour trucker access and imposing fines on idle cargo.

Congestion in the Port of Manila took place after the local government of Manila under Mayor Joseph Estrada passed a resolution implementing a truck ban in the city in February last year.

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