Import of PH fire trucks may be under probe for gross undervaluation

The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) has called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to look into the alleged anomalous importation by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) from China of 469 fire trucks, all supposedly grossly undervalued. The fire trucks were delivered to BFP—which acted as consignee—from the Port of Manila, Manila International Container […]

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Elevated segment of Skyway off limits to trucks by mid-November

Starting November 15, trucks will be banned from the elevated sections of the Metro Manila Skyway to improve safety and speed up traffic flow on the elevated toll road and the soon-to-open Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway. Skyway O&M Corporation (SOMCO), operator of Skyway, said in a statement that overloaded trucks and vehicles modified […]

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MMDA withdraws all truck ban exemptions except for TABS-booked trucks

All previous issuances covering exemptions on the truck ban, except those on trucks booked through the Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS), have been indefinitely suspended by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). MMDA general manager Thomas Orbos, in Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 13-2016 dated September 1, said “all issued truck ban conduct passes by this […]

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Car carrier Anji Shipping makes maiden call to PH

China-based automotive logistics provider Anji Shipping, Inc. embarked on a maiden call in the Philippines last week with a car carrier that discharged trucks and sedans at two ports. Following a four-and-a-half day sail from Yantai in China, the 1,500-car-capacity vessel Anji 11 berthed at the Manila South Harbor on August 24 to discharge 76 […]

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MMDA to soon release list of approved towing rates

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is coming up with a unified list of towing rates to help truckers guard against overcharging towing companies, according to MMDA officer-in-charge for Towing Atty. Victor Nuñez. Nuñez told participants to the 4th Trucking Congress on July 16 that the list, which has just been finalized, will keep truckers–who […]

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Website of ICTSI’s Manila hub reflects new TABS functions

Port operator International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) has added new features on the website of its flagship Manila International Container Terminal’s (MICT), allowing stakeholders to view slot usage in the Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS). In the latest issue of ICTSI in-house publication PortFolio, ICTSI said two new features were added on its website […]

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Some PH truck owners exempt anew from anti-overloading law

Philippine truck operators have again been given more time to meet requirements before the anti-overloading law is imposed on trucks under Codes 12-2 and 12-3 by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC). Before vacating their posts, former Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson and Transport Secretary Joseph […]

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Is ‘Uber’ in Trucking the Next Big Thing?

A majority of global freight movement involves trucking and yet, the industry still struggles to move freight long distances quickly, safely, and inexpensively. As the trucking industry comprises a large number of players who own small fleet of trucks, it is common to see many still using manual methods or multiple systems to manage freight. […]

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MICT slashes by 50% booking fee for TABS high-demand slots

Rates for the high-demand zone under the Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS) have been reduced by half for a limited period as Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) attempts to increase usage of slots in this zone. “In an effort to maximize heavily under-utilized high-demand slots, MICT will lower the booking fee currently set at 1000 […]

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Queues at Manila port shorten as truckers get the hang of TABS

Truck arrivals have begun to spread out within the 24-hour period, weeks after port operators started to strictly implement the Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS), according to a port executive. In the last three or four days “most people have been telling me that I don’t have volume (in MICT) because you won’t notice any […]

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