Traders buck port congestion charges

The Federation of Philippine Industries has asked the Senate to check the port congestion and shipping charges imposed on shipments despite the improved situation in Manila ports.

FPI sent a letter to Senator Benigno Paolo Aquino III dated Sept. 22, 2015 to investigate shipping companies that allegedly continued to collect  port congestion charges from exporters and importers.

“While some shipping lines discontinued the collection of PCS, there are other types of charges that have been imposed by various shipping lines,” the group said.

Port congestions fees have been packaged anew in the form of emergency cost recovery surcharge, container imbalance charge, equipment positioning services, container cleaning fees, documentation fee at destination and terminal handling charge, it said.

Documents showed an increasing trend in container imbalance charge.  CIC collected $100 per container in the first half of 2014, $150 in the second half of 2014 and $250 in the first half of 2015. 

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