Document type Situation Update
Publication date 15/11/2013
Border Crossings & Customs
- The Bureau of Customs of the Philippines has activated, at the Ports of Tacloban, Cebu and Ninoy Aquino International Airport, a One-Stop-Shop to expedite the processing and release of international relief goods. A snapshot of the service may be found here: http://www.logcluster.org/ops/phl13a/snapshop-customs_one_stop_shop/view
- The Logistics Cluster is liaising with USAID at Manila airport for the movement of priority humanitarian cargo.
- Air traffic congestion at Manila and Tacloban airports is causing flight delays.
- Limited local trucking capacity on Leyte Island, in the context of the volume of expected aid deliveries could pose a constraint, but is being addressed. A dedicated fleet of trucks is being mobilised to operate in Leyte.
- A container vessel has arrived in Tacloban carrying operational support equipment.
- A Ro-Ro vessel (capacity 2,800MT) is being chartered and will be made available to the humanitarian community for the transportation of relief cargo between Cebu and Tablocan.
- A 2000MT barge has been loaded in Cebu with 500m3/100MT of relief supplies for Save the Children and 6 trucks of relief goods for Samaritan’s Purse to be dispatched to Tacloban.
- Storage in Cebu and Tacloban is limited and likely to become a constraint as more agencies forward their cargo there. The Logistics Cluster is looking at options to augment storage capacity in both locations.
Other Logistics Gaps or Bottlenecks
- Availability of fuel in Tacloban remains limited and options to secure fuel in case of shortages are being investigated.
Standard Operating Procedures for use of Military Assets: http://www.logcluster.org/ops/phl13a/sop_military_assets
Service Request Form Instructions: http://www.logcluster.org/ops/phl13a/srf_instructions