Apart from the truckers’ group and importers, the Bureau of Customs (BoC) will bear the brunt of the expanded truck ban in Manila.
Commissioner John Sevilla said the ban when implemented by the Manila city government has an adverse effect to BoC’s revenue collections and could worsen congestion in the ports.
“Its (truck ban) potential effect is huge,” said Sevilla, pending the ban implementation set on Feb. 24.
In Manila, around 2,500 cargo trucks go in and out of the Port of Manila (POM) and the Manila International Container Port (MICP) on a daily basis.
BoC collects corresponding taxes and duties from each truckload of imported goods.
But when these container vans did not leave the ports, it causes congestion.
“We have (revenue) targets and we don’t want these targets not to be met so we have to adjust for the needs of importers,” he said.
Saying that he was “surprised” by the truck ban, Sevilla said the bureau would study the possibility of operating “seven days a week” for the entry and release of imported items.
Under the new ban, eight-wheel trucks and vehicles with gross weight above 4,500 kilograms will be prohibited from plying the city roads from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Raymund F. Antonio)
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