port congestion - updates

Rappler's latest stories on port congestion


No more congestion in 2 major Manila ports – Customs

Apr 14, 2019 - 11:10 AM

The Bureau of Customs says this shows their commitment 'to address trade challenges'

CONGESTED NO MORE. Shipping containers are stacked inside the Manila International Container Terminal. File photo from the ICTSI website

Philippine ports ready for holiday season

Sep 25, 2016 - 2:32 PM

The Philippine Ports Authority guarantees the public that ports will remain clog free

BOC chief: Release problem-free shipments in 5 hours

Jul 07, 2016 - 3:40 PM

As long as all their documents are okay I can t imagine why it can t be released within 5 hours Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon tells the Bureau of Customs

MANILA PORT. A view of the Manila International Container Terminal. Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon wants the Bureau of Customs to speed up the release of shipments to ease port congestion. Photo by Dennis Sabangan/EPA

7 banks extend operating hours to help decongest ports

Apr 04, 2016 - 5:30 PM

These banks are Deutsche Bank Security Bank Asia United Bank Metrobank RCBC BDO and EastWest

EXTENDED HOURS. The Bureau of Customs says it is already seeing faster movement within ports in terms of released shipments over the weekends

Mama Sita's president: We're strangers to the ASEAN market

Nov 15, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Yet we have to do it we have to nurture ASEAN even if we re strangers to each other Clara Reyes Lapus says and shares how Mama Sita is trying to penetrate the foreign market

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/ Rappler

No port congestion problem with return of truck ban – Palace

Sep 15, 2015 - 10:45 AM

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras says the government aims to launch by end September a truck appointment booking system to regulate the trucks allowed to ply Metro Manila roads

BANNED. Manila traffic enforcers tow a truck on the first day of the city's daytime truck ban in 2014. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Customs to implement 'no noon break policy' leading to Christmas

Aug 17, 2015 - 12:00 AM

Regular working hours in all ports starting September will be from 7 am to 7 pm Monday to Friday without noon break said Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina

Business groups seek approval of road linking port of Manila to Skyway

Jul 12, 2015 - 11:17 PM

Half the current number of delivery trucks from the Port of Manila would use proposed elevated link to the Skyway stage 3 the PCCI says

Lorenzo Shipping profits in 2014 despite port congestion

Jun 25, 2015 - 8:40 PM

Domestic shipping line records its most profitable year in 10 years and reiterates the need to modernize ports

BIR Q1 collections fall below target

Jun 18, 2015 - 6:30 PM

The collections of the Large Taxpayer Service are affected by a decrease in income reported by a significant number of taxpayers

Customs chief Lina warns vs truck driver shortages

May 25, 2015 - 12:36 AM

The Customs chief says that more truck drivers are needed to speed up turnaround at ports He also asks the LTO and LTFRB for help

DTI proposes regulation of shipping charges

May 01, 2015 - 5:15 PM

The move comes as major shipping lines continue to charge additional charges arising from last year’s port congestion

Port congestion ‘completely over’ – Malacañang

Apr 13, 2015 - 4:25 PM

The congestion issue is resolved despite higher than normal volumes handled during the first quarter Malacañang says

PH imports drop 14.2% in January

Mar 25, 2015 - 7:32 PM

The continuous fall of oil prices causes the month on month decline says NEDA

Ports authority books profit despite congestion

Mar 23, 2015 - 6:13 PM

The Philippine Ports Authority even overshoots its P3 67 billion target by 16 or P582 million

Manufacturing growth slowest in January

Mar 10, 2015 - 8:06 PM

The sudden drop in food manufactures constrict the positive output of high performing manufacturing sub sectors

Moderate inflation in Jan-Feb over port relief, stable peso

Mar 05, 2015 - 4:33 PM

Despite the slight uptick February’s inflation of 2 5 is still within the target for 2015 the country’s economic chief says

Lack of long-term plans hinders PH infra dev't

Mar 05, 2015 - 12:32 PM

One factor businessmen say is the presidential term limit – a single term for 6 years – which leads to policy changes when a new leader takes over

Port congestion fixed, Malacañang says

Mar 02, 2015 - 6:30 PM

The volume of cargo ship in and out of the seaports in the Philippines also grew faster in 2014 amid the congestion the Philippine Ports Authority reports

4 reasons why businesses less optimistic in 1Q 2015

Mar 02, 2015 - 2:22 PM

It s the usual slowdown in business activity among others

Imports up by 2.4% in 2014

Feb 24, 2015 - 4:49 PM

However the issue of port congestion is still a significant risk for both exports and imports says Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan

'SIGNIFICANT RISK.' Port congestion remains an issue for Philippines' exports and imports. File photo from the ICTSI website

Manila ports less congested now, says ports agency

Feb 23, 2015 - 2:30 PM

The continued decline in the utilization level of the Manila ports is a clear manifestation of a healthy government and private sector partnership the Philippine Ports Authority chief says

ICTSI boosts Manila, Subic port capacities

Feb 20, 2015 - 8:27 PM

The port management firm adds 4 new generation reach stackers to its fleet to handle growing volumes in and out of Luzon

The port management firm adds 4 new efficient generation stackers to its fleet

MMDA allows trucks on Roxas Blvd for 2 weeks

Feb 01, 2015 - 3:49 PM

From February 2 to 15 2015 trucks will be able to use Roxas Roxas Boulevard from 12 midnight to 5 am

Trucks carrying shipping containers arrive at Manila's international container port on April 10, 2014. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Port congestion delays Shell PH refinery upgrade

Jan 26, 2015 - 4:48 PM

Apparently the equipment needed is not for release yet thus delaying the 100 150 million upgrade by a quarter

Truck ban for APEC 2015 preps to worsen road, port congestion

Jan 19, 2015 - 7:28 PM

The World Bank says solving congestion requires more investment in infrastructure

Manila South Harbor closed January 18

Jan 14, 2015 - 1:19 PM

UPDATED The port is near Rizal Park where Pope Francis will celebrate mass on January 18

San Miguel Purefoods to spend P10B in ASEAN expansion

Jan 09, 2015 - 8:41 PM

The food manufacturing unit of SMC plans to build new facilities in Indonesia and Vietnam plus enter new markets like Malaysia and Thailand

Black Nazarene, Pope visit could worsen port congestion

Jan 06, 2015 - 3:24 PM

Malacañang appeals to importers to bring out as much cargos as they can before Manila port operations are interrupted by upcoming religious events in January

CHALLENGE. The national government says the problem of port congestion could worsen due to operation interruptions in the coming weeks if the public sector does not cooperate. Photo from the ICTSI website

Manila ports nearing congestion as holiday period begins

Dec 16, 2014 - 7:18 PM

The Philippine Ports Authority appeals to importers and cargo owners to clear their cargos with only a week left before Christmas

PPA chief: Manila ports to be fully decongested early 2015

Dec 15, 2014 - 6:50 PM

The number of vessels at queue was reduced to a combined total of 16 vessels excluding those at berth from a high of 30 a couple of weeks ago

SteelAsia completes P3B plant in Davao City

Dec 04, 2014 - 6:18 PM

The country’s largest steel manufacturer says the facility is eyed to reduce the cost of construction in Mindanao

Businesses more optimistic as 2014 closes – BSP survey

Nov 21, 2014 - 5:06 PM

The optimism is boosted by expectations of stronger domestic demand but outlook for the first quarter of 2015 is less favorable the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas survey shows

DOTC proposes scheduling system for importers

Nov 18, 2014 - 12:54 PM

DOTC suggests that importers follow a schedule on when to transact business at the ports of Manila

HIGH PRIORITY. President Benigno Aquino III convenes a Cabinet cluster to solve the worsening problem of port congestion in Manila. File photo from the ICTSI website

Inflation down anew to 4.3% in October

Nov 05, 2014 - 4:47 PM

Slower increases in food prices pull down inflation for two consecutive months

DOJ study: Liberalize pilotage industry

Nov 03, 2014 - 2:45 PM

The study also cites competition related issues hampering the movement of cargos and goods starting with the ports of entry

Business groups urge Aquino to act on 8-point economic reform

Oct 24, 2014 - 7:55 PM

The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry asks Aquino to focus on pressing matters like the 2015 energy crisis port congestion and ASEAN integration

Shortage of noche buena favorites likely, importers warn

Oct 13, 2014 - 9:21 PM

Industry groups warn the port congestion would result in possible shortage of fruits meat and poultry products this holiday season

Singson to importers: Move cargos on weekends

Oct 13, 2014 - 7:40 PM

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson laments that many importers do not take advantage of the ports on weekends when traffic is lighter

File photo of DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson

Alternative ports not long-term solution to port congestion

Oct 07, 2014 - 5:46 PM

The private port operator of the congested Manila harbor wants better road networks to achieve faster movement of shipments in and out of the port of Manila

Manila ports decongesting but corruption poses problem

Oct 01, 2014 - 5:27 PM

Secretary to the Cabinet Rene Almendras discloses a scheme by fixers that includes unfair charges for shipping lines

The Manila International Container Terminal. Photo from the ICTSI website

Port industry players: Freeze truck ban

Sep 29, 2014 - 6:56 PM

Road connectors and excellent ports integrated with cities will bring long term trade growth port industry players say

Customs misses revenue target in August

Sep 26, 2014 - 9:58 PM

Four out of the 5 billionaire ports in the country failed to hit their goals for August dragging the overall revenue performance for the month

After truck ban, Manila ports start to breathe

Sep 25, 2014 - 6:37 PM

Private operators of the country s biggest shipping ports report an increase in import and export shipments in Manila

The Manila International Container Terminal. Photo from the ICTSI website

Manila lifts controversial truck ban

Sep 13, 2014 - 11:28 AM

2nd UPDATE Citing their unity with the national government on concerns over the economy Manila officials finally agree to lift the truck ban indefinitely to help ease port congestion

LIFT TRUCK BAN. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada (left)  and Vice Mayor Isko Moreno hold up the signed order lifting the truck ban in Manila on September 13, 2014. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Isko Moreno: Port congestion preceded Manila truck ban

Sep 09, 2014 - 11:55 AM

The Manila Vice Mayor says while the Manila truck ban may have contributed to port congestion better foresight of policymakers could have deterred it

Trucks carrying shipping containers arrive at Manila's international container port on April 10, 2014. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Aquino asks: What caused monstrous Metro traffic jams?

Sep 08, 2014 - 2:15 PM

President Benigno Aquino III also asks the public for forgiveness and gives assurance the government is doing everything and anything to ease the problem

ROOT CAUSE. President Benigno Aquino III wants to know exactly what caused the monstrous traffic jam over the weekend. Photo from the NLEX Twitter account

Subic tapped as extension of Manila port

Sep 07, 2014 - 10:56 PM

The government is also eyeing the same arrangement for the Batangas port

DECONGESTION. The Manila International Container Terminal. Photo from the ICTSI website

MMDA to manage gridlocked roads near Manila ports

Sep 07, 2014 - 3:37 PM

Task Force Pantalan is also formed to address the worsening traffic problem

Counterflow schemes to solve NLEX congestion

Sep 06, 2014 - 1:39 PM

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino says Task Force Pantalan will be spearheading the decongestion of vehicles in the area

GRIDLOCK. Traffic along NLEX in Balintawak, Caloocan City on September 5, 2014. File photo by Kevin de la Cruz/Rappler