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Nearly 200 overstaying containers are disposed of by BOC.

MANILA, Philippines — On Monday, the Bureau of Customs-Port of Manila (BOC-POM) said that it had canceled 197 overstaying foreign containers at the Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI) Laguna Inland Clearance Depot, which is a branch of the Manila South Harbor.

These overstaying containers were shifted to inland depots during the peak of the pandemic, according to the bureau, to avoid congestion at the main ports.

“Disposing of all 197 containers took nearly three years. “Once forms of disposal have been completed, the overstaying containers will be returned to the designated shipping lines,” it stated in a statement.

The BOC went on to say that eliminating overstaying boxes is critical to maintaining the Philippines’ trade gateways and logistics enablers’ safe and efficient operations.

The ATI presented plaques of appreciation to POM District Collector Michael Angelo Vargas, Deputy Collector for Operations lawyer Ma. Liza Sebastian, and the Auction and Cargo Disposal Division (ACDD) team for their efforts that resulted in the successful auction, condemnation, and disposal of the overstaying containers.

The POM promised to keep enacting measures to accelerate the disposal of all overstaying containers, hence improving trade facilitation and reducing yard congestion.

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