International shipping lines bullish on Subic Freeport
Posted 4 years ago
Various shipping lines and logistics companies have selected Subic Freeport Zone as one of the gateways into the Philippines in large part due to Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC)’s efficient management of New Container Terminals (NCT) 1&2 in the Subic Freeport Zone.
|BUSY PORT – Hauling trucks and reach stackers move some of the container vans in Subic Bay Freeport at the New Container Terminal-1 in Subic Bay Freeport.|
MCC Transport, a Singapore-based cargo-shipping specialist for the Maersk Group, the largest container ship and supply vessel operator in the world, utilized SBITC terminals in December 2014 to increase its presence in the Central and Northern Luzon market. MCC Transport provides feeder services for a wide range of regional and global beneficial cargo owners and manages all Intra-Asia containerized cargo for the Maersk Group.
“Since our partnership began, SBITC has become one of the key drivers in expanding our footprint in the Philippine market. The terminal is an excellent alternative gateway to Manila, and through a flexible approach and deep commercial understanding of SBITC’s management, we see positive developments in our efforts to boost volumes into and out of Subic,” said MCC in the Philippines.
Hong Kong-based SITC International Holdings Co., Ltd., another leading shipping logistics company in the intra-Asia area have also expanded and included the Subic Freeport Zone as a gateway due to SBITC’s efficiency and quality in their cargo and container handling services.
SITC Container Lines stated that SBITC contributed to the company’s success in tapping the Filipino market by opening opportunities for their clients from Northern Luzon to lessen costs in delivering products to their target market. SITC shipped a significant volume of cargo last year and is now looking to expand its trade route this year in order to connect North and Central Luzon clients in Subic to major markets in Asia.
On the other hand, Taiwanese container transportation and shipping company Evergreen Line, has also partnered with SBITC in April last year. Since its partnership, the shipping company is looking to continue its engagement with SBITC.
“We are now focused on targeting our VIP clients to use Subic port and are also working on the second sling in Subic in 2018,” said Evergreen Shipping Agency Philippines Corporation.
SBITC strategically serves the industries within the Freeport zone as well as Northern and Central Luzon. Subic Bay Freeport Zone continues to be the ideal port in the business centers of Pampanga, Bataan, Clark and Tarlac and has now included inter-island Philippine barge service to connect customers from Palawan to Mindanao to the Visayas with a convenient transshipment port that has access to the rest of the world.
“We are committed to providing quality services to our partners and maintaining their trust. We want to help them reach potential customers in Northern and Central Luzon. SBITC is more than willing to work hand in hand with our partners in helping their clients tap the Filipino market,” said Roberto Locsin, SBITC president.
Aside from managing NCT 1&2, SBITC offers cargo handling services for TEU and 40-foot equivalent unit (FEU) container vans, as well as 45-foot boxes for full container load and specialized cargo. It also offers a One-Stop Shop (OSS) to facilitate the completion of all required documentation with the SBMA Seaport Authority and Subic BOC under one convenient location inside the terminal so that businesses can easily complete their transactions all within the Freeport Zone.
SBITC, an ICTSI company, is a common-user, multi-purpose terminal, providing on and off-dock marine port cargo and container handling services. It is a leader in global port management due to its fast, reliable, and cost-efficient system implemented to its ports in the Subic Freeport Area.