ATI sets contactless platform

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    Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) yesterday launched its revitalized online platform for contactless port transactions.

    ATI, which operates Manila South Harbor and Batangas Container Terminal, said its ePayPortals, developed by in-house technology experts, allow port users to make online payments on a real-time basis 24/7.

    These are linked to ATI’s e-banking partners, Banco de Oro and Metrobank, enabling customers to conveniently and securely pay import- and export-related fees and charges online anytime, anywhere. More banks and electronic options are soon in the offing, the company said.

    “As a trade enabler and port technology pioneer, ATI is committed to adapting smart and innovative solutions to fast-track trade and minimize supply chain disruptions, especially during this global pandemic,” William Khoury, ATI executive vice president, said.

    This digital push is aligned with the government mandates to use online platforms for filing, processing and payment of all port and cargo-related charges to help control the spread of the coronavirus disease.

    “We encourage our stakeholders to utilize our ePayPortals for easy, convenient, safe and transparent port transactions,” Khoury said.

    To avail of ATI’s e-payment facilities, port users can register and/or log in to ATI Webtrack found in the company’s official website.

    During the transition, port users can still make payments through over-the-counter bank deposits and the revolving fund facility managed by ATI’s Billing and Collections Unit for a limited time to avoid delays.

    ATI stakeholders are encouraged to maximize its ePortals, which include WebTrack, Terminal Appointment Booking System, container traffic light system and MPort mobile app, for checking cargo status, printing electronic gate passes and other port-related transactions.

    ATI said it anticipates a trade recovery in the second half this year, amid the economic contraction triggered by the pandemic.