Manila port rate hike attacked

Manila port rate hike attacked

Shippers in the Philippines are up in arms at plans by one of the nation’s top port operators to hike rates by more than a third on domestic trades. Manila North Harbour Port Inc is trying to push through a 37% rate hike on domestic trades

Groups including the Philippine Liner Shipping Association  and Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines have described  the terminal’s planned rate hike as “unwarranted” and “unjustified.”

The Philippine Ports Authority has said it will review the arguments over the price increase and make a final decision whether to sanction it or not soon.

Combined with its cabotage laws and high port and trucking costs, shipping is expensive in the Philippines. To move a container from Davao in the far south of the archipelago to Manila is comparable in cost as moving a box from Shanghai to Europe.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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