MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has warned Philippine-based importers and exporters to make the necessary operational adjustments as several ports in China will partially close due to COVID-19.
On Wednesday (August 18), the PPA said early preparation is key to reduce the negative impact of the delays in their overall daily operations.
The PPA reported that several ports including Ningbo Port, the world’s third-largest container port, continue to shut their terminals for the 7th straight day due to the virus, particularly the Delta variant.
“We need to prepare. Eventually, the delays in cargo shipments will catch up with us due to the congestion being experienced in these transshipment ports,” PPA General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago said.
The Philippine major port gateways, meanwhile, are currently operating under optimum conditions and way below the threshold level of utilization set at 75%.
The PPA also assured that the Manila International Container Terminal and the Manila South Harbor, which handle 85% of the country’s foreign trade volume, are operating under normal conditions.
“PPA assures the shippers that Philippine ports, can handle the bulk of the delayed shipments when conditions at the transshipment ports start to normalize,” Santiago said. –AAC