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Container Backlog Causes Delays in Philippines

July 14, 2014

In January 2014, we first informed you of service delays of 10-12 days being experienced at the Ports of Cebu and Manila, located in the Philippines, due to typhoon Haiyan and the subsequent influx of humanitarian aid, and a change in customs operations. Soon thereafter, the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTBP) implemented a daytime trucking ban in Manila that led to a strike by trucking companies.

We are pleased to report that the strike has ended and the MTPB has opened 24/7 express trade lanes in and out of Manila ports to ease the backlog, however, it is still expected to take several months for operations to return to normal. Therefore, customers with import or export shipments should prepare for some major delays as well as additional port storage, demurrage, and various other charges.

Your Arpin Service team is aware of all shipments that may be impacted and will make arrangements to ensure appropriate parties are kept informed of any potential service disruption.