Identified by the private sector in Mindanao for initial shipping to Indonesia are animal feeds, fertilisers, construction materials, ice cream, poultry (halal), fresh fruits, and synthetics, The Manila Times cited the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as saying in a statement.
The trade department said that the list of goods to be imported from Indonesia, include matured coconut, copra, corn, feed ingredients, lumber, cement, high-value crops, vegetables, meat, peanuts, aqua products, charcoal, soya, coffee beans and sugar.
A roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) ferry service will begin plying the Davao City-General Santos-Bitung (Indonesia) route on April 28, 2017.
The MV Super Shuttle RoRo 14, with a vessel capacity of 100 (TEU) and operated by Asian Marine Transport Corp., will provide a weekly shipping service on the route.
"These developments in the sub-region complement the ongoing regional efforts toward realising the Asean Economic Community 2025. It will help increase economic cooperation and will pave way for the promotion of Philippine products especially those coming from the Mindanao region," said DTI undersecretary for industry promotion, Nora Terrado.
The DTI's Trade and Investment Centre in Jakarta said the route is a cheaper and faster alternative to the usual Manila-Jakarta-Bitung route. Direct shipping through the Davao-GenSan-Bitung route will take only one-and-a-half days of sailing as opposed to about three to five weeks of shipping time on the Manila-Jakarta-Bitung route.
Savings of up to US$1,500 per TEU is estimated to be achieved on the new route given its rate of $700 per 20-foot dry container as compared to $2,200 per TEU on the Davao-General Santos to Manila to Manado via the Jakarta route.