ICTSI Inland Terminal Gears Up for Business
ICTSI-operated Laguna Gateway Inland Container Terminal (LGICT) in the Philippines now has operational guidelines from customs authorities to prepare for brisker cargo business and the launch of the customs office.
Joint venture partners ICTSI, Nippon Container Terminals, Transnational Diversified Corporation and NYK – Fil-Japan Shipping have established the inland container depot since 2015.
Partners intend the development project to expand the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT).
A fleet of reach stackers, empty handlers and prime movers is currently operating at the terminal.
Customs guidelines have now been issued to govern the Philippines’ first customs facility using an electronic cargo tracking system for inbound and outbound cargo transfers.
Clients using the LGICT must declare goods and details of delivery in any shipping document such as master bill of lading, house bill of lading, or inward foreign manifest.
Clients should also be registered with the customs authorities’ Client Profile Registration System.
Only accredited and registered trucks are permitted to deliver containers to and from MICT and LGICT.
Trucks must also have a vehicle tracking system (VTS) linked to the onsite customs system.
Customs authorities had previously certified LGICT as an authorized off dock customs facility, enabling the authorities to extend functions and activities at the dry port.
Services offered include laden container storage, empty depot, reefer container plugs, dedicated loading and stripping area, and subleasing of select terminal areas.
Christian Gonzalez, ICTSI Senior Vice President and Head of the Asia Pacific Region and the MICT said: “LGICT is an innovation we launched to improve the flow of trade in southern Luzon.
“As an extension of the seaport, specifically ICTSI’s flagship Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), the Laguna dry port is at the heart of manufacturing activities. We are bringing the trading gateway at the doorstep of the economic zones.”
“We thank Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon for supporting us in LGICT. The interim operational guidelines will give us headway in priming the dry port for container volumes in the coming months. We are glad to be the pioneering facility of this kind in the country.”
“We are about to complete the building of a one-stop-shop that will house BoC and Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) offices. In the near future, we will commission rubber tired gantries in the container yard, construct container freight stations and warehouses, and in the soonest time possible, revive freight rail services between Laguna and the Port of Manila”
“All of these redound to the benefit of southern Luzon businessmen: improved economies of scale, efficient and seamless movement of goods, optimized costs, and over the long term, good business. LGICT enhances industrial productivity of the PEZA zones, especially customs bonded warehouses, and multinational companies using outside yard warehouse”
LGICT has a capacity of 250,000 TEUs annually and primarily serves the industrial provinces of Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon, including the eastern front of Cavite.