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Truckers have been witnessed saving P1.9 billion with the Unified Logistics Pass.

With the simplification of trucker applications and costs, the logistics industry is estimated to save PHP1.92 billion.

The Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) inaugurated the Unified Logistics Pass (ULP) on Wednesday, a single-window application and payment for all ports, local government units (LGU), and economic zone pass-through taxes for trucking businesses.

According to ARTA Deputy Director-General Ernesto Perez, who cited a World Bank study, the current system costs the industry PHP2.23 billion to register with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and obtain pass-through stickers from various LGUs and ecozones where truckers operate.

However, with all applications and fees streamlined, the logistics industry’s cost will be roughly PHP378.8 million.

According to Perez, the ULP will reduce the number of steps required to process pass-through passes by 73 percent and the processing time by 87 percent.

Truckers will be given a QR (quick response) code that can be quickly scanned by port authorities, ecozones, and local governments under the ULP.

Various and independent ecozone stickers, as well as LGU passes, will be abolished in this way.

“This consolidated and streamlined procedure will be extremely helpful to both private stakeholders and concerned government agencies,” Perez said. “It is positioned to streamline requirements for a unified QR code, which will promote quicker mobility and reduce port-entry limitations.”

The universal QR code would be provided to transportation businesses when they apply for a certificate of public convenience from the LTFRB, he added.

The Department of Transportation and the LTFRB will be the primary implementers of the ULP, with the Department of Information and Communications Technology, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, the Philippine Ports Authority, the Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone, and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority providing support and coordination.

The Department of Science and Technology, USAID Grantee Regulatory Reform Support Program for National Development, World Bank, and DevCon are among ARTA’s development partners for the ULP.

Asian Terminals Inc., Manila Harbor Center, International Container Terminal Services Inc., and Manila North Harbor Port Inc. are its working partners.

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