Manila port operators unveil facilities for convenient container tracking, online payment
Terminal operators have introduce more online customer services to help in ongoing efforts to minimize the physical presence of port users and avoid container congestion and truck queues at the port during the Luzon lockdown, while the Bureau of Customs (BOC) has assured that there is currently no port congestion.
Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI), which operates Manila South Harbor, in a circular released April 9 advised its clients to utilize its ATI MPORT and WebTrack applications to check on the whereabouts of their boxes, specifically on whether the containers are still inside the regular yard or have been transferred.
ATI said the two online facilities should enable port users to plan their truck routes accordingly for faster removal of their cargoes from the port.
The MPORT app may be downloaded from the mobile phone through Google Play or Appstore free of charge, while users can open an account on WebTrack by filling out the WebTrack application form and sending it back to ATI together with a valid ID.
On the other hand, the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), operator of Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), has made available to customers the ACTS Online Payment facility to make payment of port fees easier and more accessible and promote social distancing during the lockdown.
The system has several beneficial features, including 24/7 availability; Internet capability whether through WiFi, mobile data or LAN connection; and generation of e-gatepass, eOR, and PPA wharfage, said ICTSI in a recent advisory.
To register, users may go to https://acts.ictsi.com/Account/Register.
Meanwhile, ICTSI's other terminal, the Subic Bay International Terminal, Inc., assured that it remains open and operational 24/7 amid the enhanced community quarantine, with yard utilization as of the morning of April 13 at a "healthy" 48% with zero trucks on queue.
In addition, TIPO Gate, which is used by containers trucks and other vehicles, remain open for entry and exit of cargoes.
The BOC on April 15 has also assured that there is at present no congestion at the Manila ports. BOC spokesperson Atty. Vincent Maronilla in an e-forum with port stakeholders said that based on reports from the two terminal operators, port utilization rates are "still within their normal capacity of about 62% to 76%."
Maronilla said that as of April 14, yard utilization-which signifies the rate of congestionat the Port of Manila (POM) was about 67%, while MICT's was about 76% as compared to the mandated international standard of around 72% to 77%.
"So safe to say that as of this moment a congestion issue should not be raised by any shipping lines or arrastre operators," he said.
-- Philexport News and Features