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					Philexport Opposes PSB's Move To Raise Bill Of Lading Fees

The Phillippine Exporters Confederation (Philexport) has opposed the
recent hike in bill of lading fees imposed by international shipping
lines on cargoes they bring in or out of the Phillippines without due
process.T he opposition was expressed by PHILEXPORT president Sergio R.
Ortiz-Luis,Jr. in a position letter sent to the Phillippine Shipper
Bureau(PSB) following a recent public hearing on the hike of shipping
fees.

Several international shipping lines were earlier reported to have
slapped a $30 increase in bill of lading fees for cargoes as early as
March 1 while others began imposing the fees on April 1."We strongly
opposed this increase which comes in addition to the other issues and
challenges that exporters are facing now,"Ortiz-Luis told the PSB.

Ortiz-Luis explained that the bill of lading is simply a proof of receipt
of cargo by shipping line."This means that the cost involved is merely
paper and the labor input is already a fixed cost.The proposed additional
fee of US$30 is therefore much more than what a two-page document such as
a bill of lading cost."

For importers,this will be double jeopardy if the bill of lading is
already changed at the suppliers port and then will be billed again to
the account of the importer,he added.Citing the reasons advanced by
COSCO,that the added cost was to fund additional servers that process the
document due to increasing volume of goods it handles in China,Ortiz-Luis
pointed out that this is not fair as Filipino traders are made to
subsidize costs incurred by shipping line in China.

As indicated in many studies and reports,shipping costs from the
Phillippines are already very expensive.Thus any additional fee will
further erode our competitiveness,not to mention if these fees are
arbitarily imposed on us,Ortiz-Luis stressed.He appealed to the PSB to
either suspend or reduce the fees sought by the international shipping
lines.

				
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