Asian Terminals Inc (ATI) has launched its revitalized online platform for contactless port transactions in a bid to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
ATI’s ePay Portals, developed by the listed company’s 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, namely 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.
This digital push is aligned with the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 01 recently issued by the Anti Red Tape Authority, Department of Trade & Industry, Philippine Ports Authority and the Bureau of Customs which mandates the use of online platforms for filing, processing, and payment of all port and cargo-related charges.
Aside from facilitating trade, the move is part of public and private sector initiatives against COVID-19.
“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,” ATI executive vice president William Khoury said.
“We encourage our stakeholders to utilize our ePay Portals for easy, convenient, safe and transparent port transactions,” Khoury added.
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 & Collections Unit for a limited time to avoid delays.
ATI stakeholders are encouraged to maximize ATI’s ePortals, which include WebTrack, Terminal Appointment Booking System (TABS), container traffic light system and MPort mobile app for checking cargo status, printing electronic gate passes and other port-related transactions.