PamCham, in partnership with Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation (SBITC), Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Bureau of Customs, Subic Port and FUSO Mitsubishi held its 53rd General Membership Meeting at the LausGroup Event Centre.
With the theme “Optimizing your Business with Global Supply Chain Partners”, SBITC President and General Manager Mr. Roberto R. Locsin, Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) OIC Mr. Rainier R. Ragos and SBMA Chairman Mr. Roberto V. Garcia, informed PamCham members and guests that there have been an increased number of shipping lines now docking, amply supported by more truckers and brokers serving the seaport. All three top executives assured PamCham members that Subic Seaport is the best choice for companies North of Manila, alluding to absence of congestion both inside and outside the port with travel between Pampanga, Tarlac, Clark and Subic within a day, 30-40% cheaper Terminal Handling Cost (THC), and processing efficiencies accorded by the SBMA-BOC one-stop-shop with terminal support. The Bureau of Customs assured transparency and above board transactions and SBMA guaranteed more infrastructure and ancillary service support for all stakeholders.
In response to issues and concerns raised by some members who’ve had some rather discouraging experiences transacting via Subic in 2014 at the height of the Manila Port Congestion, the Subic officials acknowledged that the enormity and unexpectedness of the port crisis in Manila at the time caught all departments flat-footed, resulting in inefficiencies and lack of coordination among departments. They guarantee however, that presently, the seaport’s operations and processes are at full efficiencies designed to meet and satisfy the logistics requirements of stakeholders.