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PPA general manager Atty. Jay Santiago, ATI EVP William Khoury and BOC Batangas collector Atty. Edward Ibera (3rd, 4th and 5th from left, respectively) cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open Batangas Port’s Multilevel Car Storage Facility. (ATI Website)

Biggest car storage facility opened in Batangas Port

The Philippines’ largest car storage infrastructure for the automotive import and distribution industry was recently inaugurated at the Batangas Port, backed by over P1.3-billion investment from port operator Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI).

ATI has commissioned the Batangas Port Multilevel Car Storage Facility (MCSF), officially marking the full operation of the modern storage facility for completely-built car units (CBUs) imported into the country by the world’s leading car manufacturers and local car distributors.

The five-level MCSF increases Batangas Port’s handling capacity to more than 13,000 CBUs at any one time, or over 80% from 7,000 units previously.

Batangas Port’s new iconic landmark was constructed by NW Steel Industries and DCCD Engineering Corp. and is equipped with comprehensive safety and security features, including high resolution CCTV cameras and fire suppression systems, consistent with ATI’s world-class safety protocols.

“We are very pleased to build this pioneering port infrastructure for our partners in the car industry,” ATI executive vice president William Khoury said.

“This forms part of ATI’s investment commitment with the Philippine Ports Authority and our contribution to government’s Build-Build-Build program as we continuously provide smarter trade solutions and responsive port services best characterized by efficiency, safety, security, cost-effectiveness and convenience, for our customers,” Khoury said.

Batangas Port is the country’s top car carrier terminal, handling around 200,000 imported brand-new sedans, SUVs, AUVs, and MPVs yearly, representing majority of annual car sales nationwide. It also serves as a strategic redistribution hub for imported cars to Visayas and Mindanao, through its domestic roll-on/roll-off port infrastructure.

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