The Port of Cebu will soon be decongested as abandoned and forfeited container vans will soon have a new storage area, the Cebu Bureau of Customs (BOC) Collector said on Tuesday.
Cebu Customs Collector Arnulfo Marcos expressed optimism that the port congestion in Cebu will soon be solved following the signing of a memorandum of agreement that allows the Customs to use a 1.2-hectare property near the BOC office.
Marcos, who was guest at the weekly 888 News Forum at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel in Cebu City, said the new area can accommodate at least 100 container vans, thereby decongesting the current container port.
He added that the BOC, the Cebu Ports Authority and the Oriental Port & Allied Services Corporation (Opascor) already signed the memorandum of agreement for the use of the 1.2-hectare lot currently used by Opascor.
“The lot will greatly help ease container traffic in the ports of Cebu,” Marcos said.
Records showed that at the end of 2014, yard utilization at the Cebu International Port was 92%, a clear indication of congestion.
The BOC attributed the high yard and berth utilization to increase in volume and high container dwell time as well as the growing number of forfeited, seized and abandoned cargo vans. – CebuHeadlines.com