Exporters in Cagayan de Oro City have thrown their support to the proposed increase in the rates charged in weighing outbound cargoes.

They further suggested that weighing of cargoes whether for inter-island transport or exports would be made standard practice even in ports not operated by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

The statement of support was contained in a resolution passed by the Philippine Exporters Confederation (PHILEXPORt) regional chapter in Northern Mindanao based in Cagayan de Oro City. It was in response to a public hearing on the issue called by the PPA in that city last December 10.

The statement of support was signed by chapter President Wilson Amad, board chairman Marlene Camat and secretary Michelle Durano.

The new rates will range from P50 to P150 per truck or containerized vans depending on length of container or weight of the cargo from a range of P20 to P50 per vehicle today. The chapter said it has no objection to the rate hike

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The Cagayan de Oro group of exporters said that mandatory weighing of outgoing cargoes in all ports in the country must become a standard practice as this will improve safety shipping practice and encourage fair business practices.

The rate hike based on weight of cargo or size of containerized vans is reasonable as against another proposal which seeks to base the rate on the value of the weighed goods.

The exporters further said that many private ports, especially those with cargoes bound to Mindanao, have not been following PPA’s weighing practices. (Abe P. Belena, PHILEXPORT)

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