• Port users pressed to use Subic

    Chamber chairman emeritus Levy Laus said choosing Subic port as point of entry and exit for import and export of goods would not only help reduce costs but also save time.

    "Doing business in Subic is the most logical decision. It should be the primary port for businesses in North Luzon," Laus said, noting that the lack of congestion in Subic had not caused any delay in business transactions.

    Subic Bay port was among the few ports in the country that can meet the Bureau of Customs' goal to reduce the turnaround time for cargo handlrng and release, he sard. The turnaround time for cargo handling of Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. is less than one hour while the processing of documents for cargo releasing take about four hours.

    Subic Bay International Terminal general manager Roberto Locsin said the onestopshop in Subic Bay Port reduces processing time and simplifies transacting for the release of cargos. "We pulled the necessary offices in one building for faster dispensation and processing time for brokers and truckers accreditation only takes a day," he said. Locsin said brokers or truckers once accredited were not required to put up an office in Subic to transact. The OSS Brokers Lounge, equipped with workstations and free internet connection, may be used to complete their transactions.