International gateway port Manila South Harbor, managed by listed Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI), ended the first half of 2018 on a record note posting its highest mid-year container volume.
For the first six months, Manila South Harbor handled over 560,000 teus (twenty-foot equivalent units) of foreign containerized shipment, bannered by a back-to-back 100,000-teu performance achieved in May and June.
This represents nearly a five percent increase in volume compared to the first half of 2017, in step with the country’s economic growth pace.
In May, ATI handled an all-time high single-month volume of nearly 105,000 teus, followed by over 103,000 teus in June.
While volume has increased, terminal efficiency and yard utilization at Manila South Harbor have remained optimum.
Aside from growing customer preference, ATI cited the efforts of the Bureau of Customs-Port of Manila (POM), through the leadership of district collector Erastus Sandino Austria, as positive contributor to the volume upsurge, especially for promoting a private-sector and customer-centric philosophy at the POM, which have resulted in greater port efficiencies.
“Through ATI’s and BOC’s collaboration, we are ensuring the seamless flow of goods through Manila’s main gateway port for a robust supply chain,” ATI executive vice president William Khoury said.
ATI also credits the Terminal Appointment Booking System or TABS, an online cargo delivery scheduling system, for sustaining the orderly and uninterrupted flow of trucks and shipment at the port 24/7, as well as its employees, unions, port authorities and other stakeholders for contributing to its milestone achievements.