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: http://www.maritime-database.com
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
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.
June to December
Major Import Campaigns
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. (ppa.com.ph)
Type of Berth
Maximum Draft (m)
|1||400 m||10.5 m|
General Cargo Handling Berths
Imports - Bagged Cargo
Exports - Bagged Cargo
Imports and Exports - RoRo
Port Handling Equipment
The port equipment is managed privately.
Total Quantity and Capacity Available
Comments on Current Condition and Actual Usage
RoRo Tugmaster (w/ Trailer)
Grain Elevator w/ Bagging Machines
|2 units x 3.5 MT|
There are no container facilities in Polloc Port. Containers are offloaded via onboard cranes.
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.
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.
Number of Storage Facilities
|2 transit sheds||11,960 m2|
|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:
- stevedores (number depends on the type of cargo)
- forklifts and
- all gears below the hook
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.