Trade chief as­sures no con­ges­tion prob­lem at Manila port

Business World - - The Nation -

TRADE AND In­dus­try Sec­re­tary Ra­mon M. Lopez has as­sured the busi­ness sec­tor that there is no prob­lem of con­ges­tion at the Port of Manila af­ter he met last Oct. 9 with Bu­reau of Cus­toms (BoC) Com­mis­sioner Isidro S. Lapeña. In a state­ment yes­ter­day, Mr. Lopez said the “line of trucks that gave the im­pres­sion of port con­ges­tion is caused by the pol­icy of port op­er­a­tors to limit the port en­try of empty con­tainer vans. The space for empty con­tain­ers is al­ready fully uti­lized and al­low­ing more may eat up the space for filled con­tain­ers.” He added, “The BOC is al­ready in­creas­ing their ca­pac­ity via in­land con­tainer de­pots in La­guna and other ar­eas to solve this is­sue. But rest as­sured that there is no de­lay in trans­port­ing ship­ments to and from the port. Mr. Lopez said com­pa­nies should not worry and con­sider de­lay­ing their ship­ments, which could af­fect sup­ply and lead to even higher in­fla­tion. The coun­try’s in­fla­tion rate, which re­flects the prices of ba­sic goods and ser­vices, stood at 6.7% in Septem­ber, the high­est in nine years.

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