DTI urges truckers, forwarders to adopt new freight standards

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    The Department of Trade and Industry- Competitiveness Bureau (DTI-CB), in cooperation with Bureau of Philippine Standards (BPS) and DTI- Region 3 Office pushes the adoption of Philippine National Standard on Road Freight Transport (PNS 2135:2018) to fleet operators and hauling companies, in a bid to improve the competitiveness of logistics services sector in the country.

    “An efficient and reliable logistics services plays a critical role in supporting the development of our industries. We are pleased to introduce our programs that can cater to the needs of trucking sector and enable us to learn and implement the best global practices and standards as a way to help improve the competitiveness of the country’s logistics services sector.” DTI Competitiveness Bureau Director Lilian Salonga said.

    During the Forum on Standards and Other Concerns Affecting Logistics Sector held in Subic, Zambales, the DTI-CB in partnership with BPS presented the guidelines of the PNS 2135:2018 to the fleet operators and freight forwarders who are planning to adopt the said standard.

    The PNS 2135:2018 provides indicators and targets on how to measure performance of road freight activities and initiatives to enhance road freight transport operations.

    It is hinged on four principles:

    Safety – Freedom from unacceptable risk of goods, humans, property, equipment and environment during road transport of commodities.

    Reliability – Ability to perform a required function under given conditions for a given time interval e.g. on time delivery, no damaged goods, preserved quality, no pilferage etc.
    Cost-efficiency – Ability to perform a required function at a minimum possible cost.

    Environmentally sustainable – Ability to perform a required function with minimal negative impact to the environment.

    The PNS 2135:2018 was approved in December 2018 through the recommendation of the Technical Committee (BPS/TC 84: Logistics) chaired by DTI-CB and assisted by the DTI-BPS. The committee was composed of members from the truckers’ group, academe, consumer, professional association, research and development, and testing institutions.

    The Forum was attended by stakeholders from the trucking and hauling sector, freight forwarding, government, and business community. Resource speakers include Ma. Theresa Ocampo, Sales and Marketing Superintendent of Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC); Samuel Bautista, President and Chief Learning Officer of the Academy of Developmental Logistics Inc., the first organization to adopt the PNS 2135:2018, and Michael Philip Lazaro, Assistant General Manager of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). – Reuters