SHIPPING LINES ORDEREDTO REMOVE EMPTY CONTAINERS

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SHIPPING lines were ordered to clear the Manila ports of empty containers which is causing problems to truckers, port operators, businessmen and the Bureau of Customs. As of Wednesay, more than 15 empty containers were stucked at the ports and the problem will get worse because around 5,000 containers arrive at the ports daily on the average. Aduana Business Club director Abraham Rebao said the issue was discussed during a meeting attended by Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Alfonso Siy, Customs Commissioner John Sevilla, Association of International Shipping Lines head Atty. Max Cruz, Philippine Ports Authority General Manager Juan Sta. Ana and Aduana Business Club officials. Rebao said the shipping lines agreed to just ship the empty containers after it was suggested by importers and truckers. Based on the Tarrifts and Customs Code, shipping firms are obliged to clear the ports of their empty containers within 150 days, or else they will be forced to pay huge penalties.

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