Listed Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) is encouraging businesses in Southern Luzon to use the Batangas Container Terminal (BCT), as traffic in Metro Manila is expected to worsen the construction of new infrastructure projects.
“BCT is more than ready and capable of handling the import and export requirements of business locators in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon [Calabarzon], for which the port was primarily built,” Sean Perez, vice president of ATI, said.
“All the elements of a world-class container port are in place at BCT, from container-handling equipment, third-party truckers, brokerage, online systems, to Customs processes. It’s all systems go for BCT, making it a perfect alternative,” he added.
BCT is directly linked to the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road tollway through a dedicated flyover, and the South Luzon Expressway via a bypass road.
Leading Japanese technology firms and manufacturers based south of Manila have since utilized the Batangas port as their gateway for the timely delivery of raw materials and finished products.
“BCT is open 24/7 and is not affected by truck bans. It also provides huge transport savings for shippers as it is just within a 60-kilometer radius from manufacturing hubs. Port fees are also lower through the incentives provided by the Philippine Ports Authority and Philippine Economic Zone Authority,” Perez said.
With two modern ship-to-shore cranes, four rubber-tired gantry cranes, cargo-handling equipment and trailer trucks, and a working berth of 13 meters, BCT has the capacity to handle 350,000 twenty-footer-equivalent units (TEUs) annually. That capacity is considered sufficient to handle the potential manufacturing throughput of companies based in the Calabarzon.
“ATI is working closely with government as we actively encourage more international shipping lines to call Batangas Port, so that together we can generate the ideal network momentum and service regularity that fits the production cycles of manufacturers in the region,” Perez said.
At present, many industrial firms based in Calabarzon prefer to use the Manila International Container Terminal port.