Officials from the US port of San Francisco have been observing the operations in the ports of Manila as part of “sister-port” agreement to strengthen trade between the two countries, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) said on Thursday.
It said the visit could lead to several measures that would facilitate the movement of goods between Manila and San Francisco, which is America’s gateway to East Asia.
“More trade means more opportunities between the two ports,” the PPA said in a statement.
The ports of Manila are composed of the Manila International Container Terminal and the Manila South Harbor. They handle about 85 percent of the Philippines’ container trade.
The Port of San Francisco is known for its naturally deep water, covered storage, on-dock rails, acres of unobstructed lay-down space and modern and well-maintained cargo terminals.
PPA said the agreement between Manila and San Francisco involved sharing of general information, policies and best practices on port planning, management and operations, information technology, personnel training, environment protection measures, safety and security and cruise tourism.
In 2011, the PPA also forged a sister port agreement with South Korea to promote trade, maritime transport, mutual assistance and cooperation in training and apprenticeship.
In 2004, PPA entered into a similar agreement with China’s Guangzhou Port Authority to facilitate shipment of goods Guangzhou and the ports of Manila and Davao.