Cargo flow at Manila container port back to normal: ICTSI

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 23 2020 12:38 PM

Cargo flow at Manila container port back to normal: ICTSI 1
A container terminal viewed from Manila Bay. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- Operations at Manila port are back to normal, an official said Thursday after the facility threatened to shut down at the start of the lockdown in March due to congestion.

At least 92 percent of vans at the Manila International Container Terminal has been cleared, said Christian Gonzalez, executive vice-president of the International Container Terminal Services Inc.

"Bumaba na sa normal levels yung utilization dito (Utilization is back to normal). In fact, it's been like this na for almost a week," he said in a virtual press briefing.

"Wala na tayong congestion issue dito," he said.

(We have no congestion issue anymore)

The port on March 31 reported a high congestion rate, with only 40 percent of cleared cargo moving out of the facility's gates. Lean staffing and the Luzon lockdown led to the congestion as officials faced difficulties in processing documents of shipments.

At present a "very small" number of vans is left in the port--most of which are left voluntarily, he said.

The official added that even if the lockdown in Luzon is extended or lifted, the port will continue to see normal operations.

"Maganda na ang sitwasyon ngayon (The situation here is already good) and we see this as something that will continue regardless whether the ECQ will be lifted by April 30 or not," he said.