MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang ordered an increase in storage fees for overstaying cargo containers at Manila ports, in another move to decongest the gateway.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said new storage fees will be imposed against overstaying containers citing a Philippine Ports Authority memorandum.
The storage fees are as follows:
20-footer container: up from P500 to P5,000
35-footer container: up from P842 to P8,750
40-footer container: up from P962.6 to P10,000
45-footer container: up from P1,082.90 to P11,250
Lacierda said fines will be imposed on the 11th day after the container has been cleared, depending on its size.
There are around 5,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of overstaying Customs-cleared, ready-to-go containers as of last week.
Lacierda added the new fees are applicable at the Manila International Port, South Harbor and Batangas and Subic Ports. It will take effect 15 days after publication.
President Aquino also signed an Executive Order declaring the Port of Batangas and Subic Bay Freeport as official extensions of the Port of Manila during congestion and other emergency cases.
Malacañang explained incoming or outgoing foreign vessels at the Port of Manila may berth in either Batangas or Subic with the same rules and fees as Manila.
The DOTC will lift the EO once congestion at the Manila ports have eased.(MNS)