ICTSI upbeat on Laguna terminal sions
Laguna Gateway Inland Container Terminal, a dry port facility in Calamba City operated by International Container Terminal Services Inc., is gearing up for brisker business with the recent issuance of LGICT’s interim operational guidelines by the Bureau of Customs.
“LGICT is an innovation we launched to improve the flow of trade in southern Luzon. As an extension of the seaport, specifically ICTSI’s flagship Manila International Container Terminal, the Laguna dry port is at the heart of manufacturing activities. We are bringing the trading gateway at the doorstep of the economic zones,” said ICTSI senior vice president and head of Asia Pacific region Christian Gonzalez.
“We thank Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon for supporting us in LGICT. The interim operational guidelines will give us headway in priming the dry port for container volumes in the coming months. We are glad to be the pioneering facility of this kind in the country,” he said.
Commissioner Faeldon issued Customs Memorandum Order No. 12-2017 providing guidelines on clearance procedures for import and export containers at the LGICT. The memorandum was issued pending the approval of a customs administrative order on accredited customs facilities and warehouses.
The Laguna dry port is the first customs facility under the 2015 Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, and the first off dock container yard in southern Luzon. In February, the BoC certified LGICT as an authorized off dock customs facility, enabling the BoC to extend its functions and activities at the dry port.