Clark container yard seen to ease Manila port congestion

Posted at 08/25/14 11:57 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said the establishment of a container yard in the Clark Freeport Zone can help ease the congestion in ports in Manila and Luzon.

Clark Development Corp. and CargoHaus recently signed a lease agreement that would allow empty shipping containers from ports in Manila, central and Northern Luzon to be stored in the Clark Freeport Zone.

"The container yard in Clark Freeport will help ease congestion in the Manila ports and at the same time help Central Luzon Special Economic Zone locators achieve cost efficient movement of goods," BCDA president and CEO Arnel Casanova said.

Casnova said this is the first container yard to be set up in special economic zone.

The three-hectare container yard can accommodate some 20,000 shipping containers.

Earlier, CargoHaus Inc chairman Alberto Lina said gradually removing 20 to 40 footer containers off the road by bringing them directly to Clark will ease Metro traffic by 10 percent and will be a big help for the motorists.

Congestion at the Manila port has been blamed for an increase in the price of imported goods, particularly fruits and vegetables.