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Jul 1, 2016 @ 0:35

PPA asked to reject 37.45% increase in cargo handling fees

Various port user groups have urged the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to reject the petition by Manila North Harbor Port, Inc. (MNHPI) for a 37.45 percent increase in cargo handling tariff warning this would translate into higher cost of goods and services.

MNHPI, operator of Manila North Harbor, had filed a petition before the PPA but various port stakeholders branded the increase “excessive” and “unwarranted.”

Sulficio Tagud Jr., chairman and president of the Philippine Liner Shipping Association (PLSA) in a 13-page position paper warned that the 37.45 percent increase in cargo handling tariff would more or less translate to a 12.37 percent increase in freight rate which the shipping lines will be constrained to pass on to shippers and eventually to be borne by the consumers by way of a proportionate increase in consumer goods and services.

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