With congested ports, Santa Claus can’t come to PHL, group says

With congested ports, Santa Claus can’t come to PHL, group says

Sorry guys, it seems a lot of us won’t be getting the Xmas gift and other items we have shipped couple of months ago meant for the holidays :(

With congested ports, Santa Claus can’t come to PHL, group says

By December 12, 2014 8:39pm


Peña supported this statement by lauding the government’s “stop smuggling campaign,” the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) policy on setting a 15-year age limit for trucks, and others.


However, he said a more concerted effort from the government is needed because some policies, such as the LTFRB ruling on truck age, have worsened the situation at the Port of Manila.


Peña said the LTFRB regulation keeps 70 percent of roadworthy trucks off roads, hindering the flow of goods, and dampening the Philippine economy.


Roxas Boulevard truck ban


According to information provided by the PC-MWG, out of some estimated 6,000 trucks that use the port daily, about 2,000 pass through Roxas Boulevard.


Rina Papa of the Alliance of Concerned Truck Owners and Organizations (ACTOO) said the closure of Roxas Boulevard is forcing trucks to reroute to narrower streets, causing a delay of four to five hours in delivery time.


Papa also pointed out how most people overlook that the problem is “two-fold” because truckers not only have to deliver goods from the Port of Manila but also return empty container vans to the same port so that manufacturers abroad can restock these.


However, Papa said the truck ban was affecting not just truckers because investors and businessmen who are losing money and ordinary people who have to pay a higher price for goods are the “ultimate victims” of the scheme.


Aside from lifting the truck ban, the PC-MWG also recommended providing an area for “empties” or empty containers parked at the port, streamlining the accreditation process for importers.


The group said simplifying the process for securing a provisional Import Clearance Certificate (ICC) will help in a speedier flow of trade, they said.


They also called for a moratorium on the policy to keep old trucks off the road. The PC-MWG said this regulation has curtailed the Philippines’ trucking capacity by 70 percent.


They said public consultations are needed to determine the feasibility of LTFRB’s plans. — JDS, GMA News


Original article can be found here: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/392338/economy/business/with-congested-ports-santa-claus-can-t-come-to-phl-group-says


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