The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has prescribed storage fees for out-of-gauge containers at the Manila South Harbor, Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), and Batangas Port.
The rates will be implemented starting January 1, 2021 and will increase a year later on January 1, 2022, according to PPA Administrative Order (AO) No. 13-2020 dated December 15.
An OOG container is either a flat rack or an open-top container laden with a cargo that exceeds the dimensions of a standard ISO container by height, width, or length, and thus cannot be shipped using a closed ISO container.
Starting January 1, 2021, storage fees for imported OOG containers after the free storage period (FSP) of five days will range from P926.60 to P1,443.90 for a 20-footer, and from P1,925.20 to P2,887.80 for a 40-footer.
For export OOG containers, storage fees after the FSP of four days will range from P120.30 to P360.90 for a 20-footer, and from P240.60 to P721.80 for a 40-footer.
Starting January 1, 2022, storage fees for imported OOG containers after the five-day FSP will range from P1,443.90 to P2,165.85 for a 20-footer, and from P2,887.80 to P4,331.70 for a 40-footer.
For export OOG containers, storage rates after the four-day FSP will range from P180.45 to P541.35 for a 20-footer, and P360.90 to P1,082.70 for a 40-footer.
AO 13-2020 takes effect 15 calendar days following its publication in a newspaper of general circulation and submission of a copy of the order to the University of the Philippines Law Center.
PPA last October proposed arrastre, stevedoring, and storage charges on OOG cargoes handled at ports under its jurisdiction as rates for these shipments are currently non-existent. PPA said the charges would compensate terminal/cargo-handling operators for services rendered in handling OOG cargoes.
PPA said OOG cargoes lower ship productivity as handling is only between three and four moves per hour compared to the average standard productivity for a container of 24 moves per hour at MICT.
Slots in the yard are also lost as OOG cargoes occupy more space, and have a longer dwell time of 10 to 11 days compared to the standard container’s dwell time of seven days.
Asian Terminals, Inc., the port operator of Manila South Harbor and Batangas Port, and International Container Terminal Services, Inc., port operator of MICT, have both sought cargo-handling tariff for OOG shipments. Their requests were subject to a public hearing last January.
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