Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Transportation (DOTr), and Department of Finance (DOF) jointly presented the draft Joint Administrative Order (JAO) to concerned stakeholders. This aims to regulate the local charges imposed by international shipping lines and provide measures to address port congestion.
The issue on excessive and questionable charges levied by some international shipping lines escalated since February 2017 and numerous meetings and forums have been conducted to discuss the recommendations from both the government and private sector.
The JAO was crafted to promote efficient operation of country’s ports and facilitate the importation and exportation of goods to promote more investments. It is also viewed to address the concern of stakeholders on high utilization at Manila ports and difficulty in returning the empty containers to container depots.
After the JAO is signed, the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) shall craft and issue their own orders to implement the said joint order.