ICTSI: Withdrawal of cargoes 'quickest' solution to Manila port congestion

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 31 2020 04:38 PM | Updated as of Mar 31 2020 07:00 PM

A container terminal viewed from Manila Bay. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - International Container Terminal Services Inc said Tuesday the "quickest" solution to congestion at Manila port would be the withdrawal of cleared cargo.

Although ports in Manila are running 24/7, land delivery of cargoes from the terminal slowed to 40 percent. Government and private stakeholders are "working very hard" to find ways to address the congestion, said ICTSI executive vice president Christian Gonzalez. 

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"We’re really trying our best but unless we get help from the community to pull out what is in the terminal already, I fear we’re going to start grinding to a halt pretty soon...Imagine if we’re only sending out 40 percent of what comes in we’re getting congested pretty quickly," Gonzalez said.

"The solutions are going to have to be bigger and broader. The key to all of this, the quickest solution, is for people to come and get their containers out as quickly as they possibly can," he added.

The entire island of Luzon is under enhanced community quarantine until April 12. Land, air and sea transport are suspended during the period, except for food, medicine and frontline workers.

The Philippine Ports Authority along with concerned agencies and stakeholders are expected to release a joint memorandum to address the congestion.