ATI’s Batangas port readies for South Luzon container volume growth

February 11, 2013 11:04 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 11 — Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) has assured importers and exporters that infrastructure developments are in place at Batangas Container Terminal (BCT) to bring more competitiveness to businesses in South Luzon.

ATI President Sean L. Perez said the company delivers efficiency through port synergy and provides an alternate gateway port to Manila through the modern Batangas Port.

He said taking full advantage of the integrated services at BCT brings greater value, significant cost-savings and conveniences for Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (Calabarzon) customers.

“ATI’s modern Batangas Port is delivering the same operational efficiencies and synergies as Manila South Harbor, making it a one-stop competitive hub for containerized and general cargoes, RoRo (roll-on roll-off) and passengers benefiting South Luzon and nearby locations,” he added.

Business locators in Calabarzon, which now ship via Batangas Port, get a big boost from government with significant discounts on port dues from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and incentives from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA).

Based on the report presented at the National Competitiveness Council’s stakeholders’ consultative meeting with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Study team on “Decongesting Manila ports and diverting container traffic to Batangas and Subic,” Subic and Batangas port offers lower cargo-related cost compared to Manila ports.

The charges for stevedoring service for a 20-footer container is at P3,564 in Batangas, lower than Manila’s P3,991.58; while a 40-footer laden is charged P4,985, cheaper than Manila’s P5,583.58.

For arrastre, Batangas charges P3,078.95 and P7,064.20 for a 20-footer and 40-footer import containers respectively, compared to Manila’s P3,241 (20-footer) and P7,436 (40-foot container) arrastre fees.

For export containers, Batangas charges P2,513.7 (20- footer) and P5,773.45 (40-footer) which were lower compared to Manila’s P2,646 and P6,077 for 20-footer and 40-footer containers, respectively.

Export bound containerized cargo were charged P2,513.70 (20-footer) and P5,773.45 (40-footer) cheaper compared to Manila’s P2,646 and P6,077 for 20-footer and 40 footer container, respectively.

BCT is regularly serviced by MCC Transport which directly connects Batangas to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.

MCC Inter-Asia 7 Service calls in Batangas, Manila, Kaohsiung, Yantai, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh, Sihanoukville, Laem Chabang, Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore and back to Batangas.

“More shipping lines are keen at calling the port as volumes increase alongside the growing economy,” ATI said.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) provides fast response time and online transactions for the expedient processing and release of cargoes.

Competitive trucking and logistics services are also available at BCT through third-party trucks and ATI’s Inland Clearance Depot in Laguna.

Since BCT is located within five to 70 kilometers from Calabarzon industrial zones, trucks can complete multiple trips 24/7, more so because of the no truck ban policy in Batangas.

Deliveries from port-to-factories are made more convenient as BCT is directly linked to the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR toll way) and the South Luzon expressway.

BCT’s cargo handling equipment includes two quay-side cranes, four rubber-tired gantries, trucks and loaders, with provision for 480-TEUs of reefer cargoes. BCT has an annual throughput capacity of 300,000 TEUs. (PNA)

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