PPA warns of delays in cargo shipments from China – Manila bulletin


The Philippine Port Authority (PPA) warned today (Aug. 18) of delays in delivering cargo with the partial closure of several ports in China due to COVID-19.

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PPA urged Philippines-based importers and exporters to make the necessary operational adjustments to reduce the negative impact of looming delays in their day-to-day operations.

Already, in the past two weeks, several transshipment ports under Chinese territories have slowed down their operations due to COVID-19.

The port of Ningbo, the third largest container port in the world, continues to close one of its terminals for the 7th day in a row since yesterday, due to the virus, especially the Delta variant.

Other major ports in the region are reporting congestion due to the lingering effects of the pandemic.

The majority of Philippine imports and exports pass through these transshipment ports as the country remains a feeder economy.

“We have to prepare. Eventually, delays in freight shipments will catch up with us due to the congestion in these transshipment ports, ”warned PPA Managing Director Jay Daniel R. Santiago.

“We encourage all importers and exporters to adjust and secure their operations to mitigate the impact of slowdowns or partial closures of major ports in their overall operations,” he said.

The main Philippine port bridges, meanwhile, are currently operating in optimal conditions and well below the threshold of use set at 75%.

The Ports of Manila, consisting of the Manila International Container Terminal and the South Port of Manila, operate under normal conditions.

These two ports handle 85% of the country’s foreign trade volume.

They have an average utilization rate of 68% and 56%, and a sleeper utilization rate of 59% and 56%, respectively.

The two ports have an average productivity rate per crane of 25 movements per hour.

In terms of daily cargo passing through ports, an average of 12,000 units equivalent to twenty feet of foreign cargo are handled in ports.

“PPA assures shippers that Philippine ports can handle the bulk of delayed shipments when conditions at transshipment ports start to normalize,” Santiago said.




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