MANILA, Philippines – Foreign and local shipping firms that will dock at the Batangas Port will be given discounts for one year, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said.
Shipping lines calling at the Batangas Port will be given a 90 percent discount in port and docking or berthing charges for a period of six months.
After this period, another 50 discount will be given on the fees effective for another six months.
“It’s a two-tiered discount aimed at attracting more vessels to call at Batangas City. It was approved by the Cabinet cluster and we are just waiting for the written guidelines by the Office of the President,” PPA general manager Juan Sta. Ana said.
Batangas Port is currently handling 12,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), way below its actual capacity of 450,000 TEUs.
The discount in the port and docking fees at the Batangas Port aims to attract more foreign and local shipping firms as the PPA sees operations in the Port of Manila to normalize within a month.
The day-time truck ban in Manila has resulted to a three-month backlog at the Manila International Container Terminal, which is operated by port giant International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) and South Harbor run by Asian Terminals Inc.
“As of the moment, the Ports of Manila remain clogged despite the 24-hour truck express lane opened by the City of Manila and the six-month suspension of the Metro Manila truck ban to clear the three-month cargo backlog,” said Sta. Ana.
Sta. Ana said the PPA is studying ways how to remove overstaying empty containers at the Ports of Manila, which he said is one of the major contributors to the congestion.