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MICP creates committee task to maximize yard utilization.

By Betheena Kae Unite

A committee tasked to ease pressure from container yards has been established at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) in an attempt to solve port congestion.

Slower release of containers from ports, longer lines of trucks outside the entrance of container yards, and difficulty returning empty containers over the past months, according to the port, prompted the creation of the oversight committee.

The oversight committee, MICP District Collector Erastus Sandino Austria said, will be tasked to hasten the proper disposal and continuously auction of shipments to reduce the high number of overstaying containers on the yard.

According to Austria, various causes of delay in the release of shipments "include the influx of the volume of imports, the high number of overstaying containers, and the mounting issue on the return of empty containers."

This was compounded by ongoing repairs on the bay doors of the designated examination areas (DEAs) at the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI). Once fixed, the open bay doors would allow the port to inspect more containers which directly translates to the faster release of shipments, Austria said.

As directed recently by Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena, the MICP is now working with ICTSI in moving the overstaying containers at the yards to an inland depot to provide immediate relief to the yard, the district collector added.

It was disclosed that a Customs Memorandum Order (CMO), which will address the issue of the return of empty containers, is currently being drafted.

"In its current state, the CMO contains provisions that will discourage the storage of empty containers at the container yards. The CMO instead promotes the storage of these containers at a separate depot outside the yards, and it provides rules that will allow only those empty containers that will be loaded on to the ships to be brought inside the yards," the bureau said.

Austria pointed out that these measures are designed to free up space in the container yards to give way for new imports and exports to be processed by Customs at the ports.

This will also lower MICP's port utilization closer to the international standard, he added.



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Publication:Manila Bulletin
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Date:Feb 27, 2019
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