The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on top of government efforts against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is looking to shorten the processing period for cargo at the Port of Manila amid congestion at the country's main shipping gateway.
advertisementJay Santiago, general manager of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), told Super Radyo dzBB that an IATF sublevel is looking to reduce the processing period from the regular 53 days to between 7 and 10 days.
The sublevel includes the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Finance, the Bureau of Customs, and the PPA, he said.
Santiago said cargoes that will not be taken out of the ports by their importers within that period will be considered abandoned and may be forfeited by the government.
In this case, cargoes that Customs would deem fit for human consumption will be donated to the Office of the Civil Defense or the Department of Social Welfare and Development, while those considered unfit will be condemned and disposed of, he said.
Source: GMA News Online
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