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CBPI Welcomes Opening of New Mega Manila Hub Facility
Container Bridge, Mega Manila Hub grand opening
At the end of June, IFLN Network and IFLN Global Projects member and third-part logistics solutions provider Container Bridge Philippines, Inc. (CBPI) was delighted to attend the opening of the new Mega Manila Hub facility of Coca – Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI) at Manila North Port.
CCBPI is the bottling arm of Coca-Cola in the Philippines, and Coca-Cola’s Manila port hub is managed by CBPI.
Manila-based CBPI has acted as a partner with CCBPI on this important logistics project, which enables greater synergy in the latter’s transport operations – particularly by cutting the number of container truck trips needing to be made from the Port of Manila to the beverage company’s plants in Laguna, and vice versa – as well as generates cost savings for its customers in the Philippines.
CBPI’s roles and responsibilities vis-à-vis the Mega Manila Hub take in:
- Receiving finished and raw materials
- Scheduled dispatch to CCBPI’s manufacturing plants and distributors in the Visayas and Mindanao regions of the Philippines
- Loading and unloading of finished and raw materials
- Inventory management
- Co-ordination with North Port and domestic and international shipping lines regarding intra terminal transfers (ITTs) from Manila International Container Terminal for CCBPI’s import and domestic shipments
CBPI President and CEO Patrick Ronas
Prior to the building of the new facility, Coca-Cola’s sea shipments were transported directly from the Port of Manila to the beverage company’s plants. With the new ITT system in place, shipments can be quickly and easily moved from container vans to trucks bound for Coca-Cola’s manufacturing facilities. Shipments from the plants are then sent back via the same mode and, at the Manila port hub, they are processed for domestic shipping to distributors in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.
This, notes CBPI, completes an efficient logistics cycle that contributes significantly to the reduction of container trucks on the road.
Moreover, the Mega Manila Hub – despite the economic and social difficulties brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic – has also brought new job opportunities and contributed to the welfare of local Filipino communities.
CBPI president and CEO Patrick Ronas was at the opening of the Mega Manila Hub, alongside such luminaries as Manila City’s mayor, Isko Moreno. Commenting on the operational efficiencies that the hub will facilitate, as well as the reduced carbon footprint that it will allow, Ronas observed: “This is the beginning of the evolution of efficient logistics.”
Moreover, says Ronas, sees this project is another example of CBPI’s own motto, ‘Your Bridge in Creating Logistics Opportunities’, in action.
Complementing its work at the Mega Manila Hub, CBPI provides services including international and domestic freight forwarding, e-commerce logistics, project logistics, Customs clearance and brokerage, trucking and delivery, container yard management and warehouse management.
It offers advanced client-specific solutions in sectors including manufacturing, transportation, communications, energy, infrastructure and mining.
Manila’s mayor, Isko Moreno
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