15 September 2014

Subic hikes port fees on unclaimed shipment

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority said it will increase the daily port fees by 500 percent to P5,000 from P1,000 for every unclaimed container starting next month to force consignees to collect their cargoes and prevent congestion inside the Freeport.

“After the Bureau of Customs has inspected, cleared, and issued release documents for the container, the consignee should immediately remove it from NCT-2 [New Container Terminal 2], otherwise a penalty of P5,000 a day will be charged against him,” said SBMA chairman Roberto Garcia.

NCT-2 and NCT-1, which is being used by existing port users in Subic, have a combined capacity of 600,000 twenty-foot equivalent units.

The agency retained the right to collect fees from the ships and containerized cargoes, after an agreement was signed to annex Subic Port as an extension of the Port of Manila to help solve the dense cargo traffic in Manila.

SBMA also maintained its right to reject any cargo or ship that might pose risks to the health, environment and security of inhabitants and stakeholders of the Subic Freeport.

Garcia said to help solve the problem, it was agreed upon that a ferry would start shipping the remaining 4,000 overstaying containers from Manila to Subic twice a week, or more frequently as needed.

He also assured the public that the agency would maintain orderliness at NCT-2, one of the two container terminals in Subic Port, and considered measures to prevent traffic congestion due to the expected rise in the number of trucks hauling containerized cargoes in and out of the Freeport. (Othel V. Campos, Manila Standard)