The Asia-Pacific region is one of the biggest and fasting growing economies in the world. According to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s survey, intra-regional trade in Asia totalled $8.3 trillion in 2015 alone and continues to rise each year along with the population growth.
One of the major drivers of Asia-Pacific’s economic growth is the automotive industry, whose key players have established production facilities and assembly plants in economically emerging Asian countries like Thailand and the Philippines. Now more than ever, reliable Intra-Asia shipping services that offer extensive coverage of the region’s major ports are fast becoming indispensable to support the unique requirements of automotive and other key industries.
To meet the growing demand, MCC Transport, the Intra-Asia subsidiary of the world’s largest carrier Maersk Line, presents an improved service that connects Intra-Asia countries to each other.
MCC’s PH4 rotation was recently modified, adding the Philippines’ Batangas Port into its rotation. The PH4 service now departs Thailand’s Laem Chabang bound for Batangas, and from Batangas, will sail to Shanghai and Ningbo in China.
Batangas Port is strategically located 100 kilometers south of the country’s capital Manila. It is close to the CALABARZON economic zone, a region home to a large number of industrial parks and automotive facilities that is being primed for promising new developments. Readily accessible by land transport via three expressways that connect the port to its surrounding regions, Batangas is a viable choice for shippers and consignees alike who want to avoid Manila’s heavy road traffic and periodic truck ban.
MCC Transport started a service in Batangas in 2012, which increased momentum during the height of Manila port congestion in 2014. Even after the congestion situation improved, support for Batangas continued to grow and today, increasing business partnerships between Thailand and Philippines spurred MCC to include Batangas in the PH4’s service rotation. With this change, PH4 is now able to provide direct coverage from Laem Chabang into Batangas. Customers can be assured that their shipments are in good hands. The PH4 vessel departs Laem Chabang every Monday at 00:01 AM and, without transshipments, will arrive directly in Batangas port in about 4 days.
Thai shippers who want to ship to the Philippines or China have the advantage of PH4’s convenient cut-off times at Lat Krabang Inland Container Depot (Lat Krabang ICD) and Laem Chabang. With end-week cut-off times of 5:00 PM on Thursdays for Lat Krabang ICD and 11:00 AM on Saturdays for Laem Chabang port, customers can maximize the week’s productivity before having to gate in their shipments.
Likewise, consignees of cargoes shipped to Batangas can enjoy lower port-related expenses like arrastre and stripping as compared to Manila, and can incur savings on trucking costs depending on their facility’s location.
Batangas has yet to become as well known in the business world as Manila Ports, but it offers great potential. With MCC Transport’s PH4 service, shippers and consignees can now discover the growing opportunities that Batangas has to offer.