13 August 2016

Subic is cost-effective for businesses – SBMA

THE Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) said coursing cargo and shipments through the Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC) is cost-effective.

“Subic is not expensive,” Roberto Garcia, SBMA chair said in a statement, explaining that transporting goods and shipments through the Subic port is cost-efficient due to the port’s strategic location.

Businesses will find themselves saving more because of the roads connecting to Subic, he added.

Garcia further explained that trucker costs are now more competitive in Subic as truck owners bank on the cargo volume that flows through the port.

“Travel time from the port to any point in Luzon has been cut in half because NLEX and SCTEX provide good roads. With that, truckers can complete two trips instead of one which means more business for truck owners in the region,” he explained.

Attesting to the port’s competitive and attractive rates, the costs incurred for trucking from Subic to nearby cities is about as much as the costs, if not cheaper, of transporting goods from other ports in Luzon. “Our advantage lies in our location,” Garcia emphasized.

“Travel time is one resource we cannot disregard, and by using the Subic port, the cargo owners are assured that their cargoes are transported in the most efficient way. Our location and road links will prove that,” he added.

“Cost is down by as much as one-third of the previous price, assuming you are traveling from Subic to Bulacan,” Garcia said.

According to Garcia, the decrease in trucking costs was made possible by the surge of cargos directed to the growing next wave cities in the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga.

The Subic terminal has recently established port efficiencies such as the creation of a one-stop-shop for brokers and forwarders and investing in new equipment to ensure that the terminal delivers world-class service to its clients, the SBMA pointed out. (Raadee S. Sausa, Manila Times)

Container ships docking at  NCT-1 of the Port of Subic (photo c/o SBITC)