By Alden M. Monzon, Reporter

Results seen in booking system for truckers

Posted on March 01, 2016

LISTED COMPANY Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI) saw faster processing of cargo trucks in Metro Manila’s international port gateway since the placement of the Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS) launched by the government last year, with a new record set this month in the movement of containers in the port area.

“From processing around 800 trucks in a 12-hour shift prior to TABS, Manila South Harbor is now servicing over 1,000 trucks on the average, for over 20% increase in production,” ATI, the operator of the Manila South Harbor, said on Monday.

The ATI further noted that production averaged at an all-time high of 30-container moves per crane per hour, a production speed it said is considered world-class and on a par with global trade titans Singapore and Hong Kong ports.

The online terminal booking facility known as TABS went online in October last year as a measure to keep the movement of goods and cargoes flowing in Metro Manila’s port area.

Under the booking system, custom brokers can schedule pickup and delivery of their containers by selecting allotted time slots -- a system seen by its proponents as a way to rationally plan the logistics of cargoes.

The ATI said an enhanced system will be implemented by mid-March, which will include, among others, a truck ban exemption and truck access along Roxas Boulevard as approved by the Metro Manila Council.