Sun.Star Davao

Better trade with trade routes

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Internatio­nal trade in Davao City is expected to improve with the developmen­t of new linkages within the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippine­s-East Asean Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga).

Mindanao Developmen­t Authority (Minda) deputy executive director and assistant secretary Romeo Montenegro said in a text message yesterday that with the new routes more goods will be traded, which may also increase in volume.

“Davao City has been the transshipm­ent hub and an export gateway. Hence, Davao stands to benefit of more export commoditie­s,” Montenegro said.

“In fact, earlier today, Singaporea­n Agricultur­e Officials visited Davao for a sanitary inspection for a possible export to Singapore of fruits particular­ly bananas,” he added.

He said the new routes to be opened through the Reefer Lines which is a new vessel include Labuan in Malaysia, Muara port of Brunei, and Singapore.

“This is an expansion of the Davao-Gensan-Bitung lines. The new route does not limit transport from Davao-Gensan to Bitung, Indonesia,” Montenegro said.

“With the new routes, more goods and at a greater volume are transporte­d among and between places within the routes Davao to Sulawesi and Labuan to Singapore,” he said, adding that there is also a backload opportunit­y which makes the routes more viable.

Meanwhile, Minda Internatio­nal Relations Division head Jonathan Miral said yesterday during the Habi at Kape media forum that they will push for the Davao-Manado air connectivi­ty.

“This year, we will be very strong in pushing for the Davao-Manado air connectivi­ty. We have a positive feedback from PAL to serve the route and we hope that we can launch it this quarter, if not, then next quarter,” he said. Manado is the capital city of North Sulawesi province in Indonesia.

Davao City has been the transshipm­ent hub and an export gateway. Hence, Davao stands to benefit of more export commoditie­s ROMEO MONTENEGRO Minda deputy executive director

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