Customs extends ops at two Manila ports

Posted at 02/28/14 11:37 AM

MANILA – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has extended its operations at the Port of Manila and Manila International Container Port (MICP) in view of the implementation of the truck ban in the city.

BOC public information officer Charo Logarta said starting yesterday, the bureau extended its closing time to 9 p.m., four hours longer than the regular schedule.

Logarta said there will also be Customs operations at the two ports on Saturday. Conducting Sunday operations is also being considered, depending on the volume of transactions.

The Customs said the extended operating hours aim to address the concerns of shippers affected by the three-day truck holiday.

The Customs earlier said that as a result of the truckers' strike, the revenue collection from both the Port of Manila and MICP declined significantly.

MICP collected only P262.8 million, 27% lower than the daily average of P360 million on February 24, Monday, the first day of the implementation of the ordinance.

Revenues from Port of Manila also fell 47% to P134.4 million from the previous daily average of P253 million that day. – report from Noel Alamar, dzMM