Philippines Philippines - Mindanao Polloc Free Port

Port Overview

Polloc Free Port is located in Parang, Maguindanao, and was constructed in 1977 funded by the ADB and started its operation in March 1980.  Currently the Port is being managed by the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) through the BARMM Regional Economic Zone Authority.  Polloc Free Port is being positioned by the BARMM as a halal hub. It is the biggest sea port in the BARMM Region but compared to other free ports in the country, Polloc Free Port is not that busy. 

Only two shipping lines have regular schedule in Polloc Free Port. Other vessels are mainly chartered loaded with construction materials. 

Polloc Free port’s main wharf is 400 meters.  Storage spaces are:

  • 11,960 m2 transit sheds
  • 42,940 m2 open storage area
  • 75,654 m2 private warehouse area

Port website: Polloc Free Port.

Key port information can also be found at:


Port Location and Contact



Province or District

Parang, Maguindanao Province

Nearest Town or City with Distance from Port

Parang, Maguindanao (4km)

Cotabato City (27 km)

Port's Complete Name

Polloc Free Port





Managing Company or Port Authority

BARMM Regional Economic Zone Authority

Management Contact Person

Iharyf Sucol, Port Manager

+63 935 884 5334

Nearest Airport and Airlines with Frequent International Arrivals/Departures

Davao International Airport

Port Picture


Shown in the picture above are:

  • Two transit sheds facing the wharf
  • The company yard which has very minimal container vans stored
  • The office of the BARMM Regional Economic Zone Authority (green roof)
  • The entrance and exit gates

Description and Contacts of Key Companies

  • BARMM Regional Economic Zone Authority – an agency of BARMM that is managing the sea ports in the areas of operation of BARMM.
  • Bangsamoro Terminal Services, Inc. (BTSI) has an exclusive contract for arrastre and stevedoring services in Polloc Free Port.

For more information on port contacts, please see the following link:  4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List.

Port Performance



Time Frame

Rainy Season


June to December

Major Import Campaigns



Other Comments


Discharge Rates and Terminal Handling Charges

For information on port rates and charges, please see the following: Schedule of Restructured Cargo Tariff, Sub-Port of Cotabato.

Source: Philippine Ports Authority. (

Berthing Specifications

Type of Berth


Length (m)

Maximum Draft (m)


Conventional Berth

1 400 m 10.5 m

Container Berth


Silo Berth


Berthing Tugs


Water Barges


General Cargo Handling Berths

Cargo Type

Berth Identification

Imports - Bagged Cargo


Exports - Bagged Cargo


Imports and Exports - RoRo


Other Imports


Port Handling Equipment

The port equipment is managed privately.



Total Quantity and Capacity Available

Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage

Dockside Crane


Container Gantries


Mobile Cranes




RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)


Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines






2 units x 3.5 MT

Container Facilities

There are no container facilities in Polloc Port. Containers are offloaded via onboard cranes.

Customs Guidance

The Bureau of Customs in Cotabato City manages the Polloc Free Port.  With complete documents and giving them an advance information of arriving cargo it takes less than a week to process customs clearance, Bureau of Customs charges include the visit to the port area.

For more information on customs in the Philippines, please see the following link:  1.3 Customs Information.  

Terminal Information

Multipurpose Terminal

Polloc Port has a passenger terminal and 2 transit sheds but it does not have a multi-purpose terminal.

Grain and Bulk Handling

The Bangsamoro Terminal Services, Inc (BTSI) has an exclusive contract on all handling activities in Polloc Free port, both arrastre and stevedoring. Direct bagging from ship is not normally done by BTSI but this can be negotiated with them. The port is receiving both containerized and break bulk cargo. 

Main Storage Terminal

Polloc Free Port has two transit sheds fronting the wharf, WFP is occupying a portion of one of the transit sheds. The total are of the two transit sheds is 11,960 m2 and the open space storage area is 42,940 m2. For containerized cargo the company yard is right inside the compound of the port.

Storage Type

Number of Storage Facilities

Area (m2)

Bagged Cargo

2 transit sheds 11,960 m2

Refrigerated Cargo


General Cargo

Open space 42,940 m2


For stevedoring operations, Bangsamoro Terminal Services, Inc. receives palletized, breakbulk cargo, heavy lift and dangerous cargoes and containerized cargo. 

The manpower and equipment available are:

  1. stevedores (number depends on the type of cargo)
  2. gangboss
  3. winchman
  4. checker
  5. slingman
  6. forklifts and
  7. all gears below the hook

Port Security

BARMM is managing the vicinity of the port, they have security guards in the entrance and exit gates.  The Philippines Coast Guards secures the sea shore, they have personnel who are securing the area. The agencies occupying the transit sheds and warehouses have their own set of security guards.


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