OFFICIAL STATEMENT OF ABS-CBN INTERNATIONAL ON ABS-CBN STARKARGO’S INCLUSION IN DTI’s ADVISORY ON “BLACKLISTED FORWARDERS”
(Redwood City, October 23, 2012) ABS-CBN International categorically takes exception to the inclusion of ABS-CBN StarKargo among the “blacklisted foreign principals and consolidators abroad due to reports of undelivered packages and other violations under Philippine Shippers Bureau (“PSB”) Administrative Order No. 6 series or the Revised Rules on Freight Forwarding” (the ” PSB Order”) as stated in the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) News Release dated October 16, 2012.
On the matter of “undelivered packages”, ABS-CBN International is not aware nor has been notified of any such incident pending before DTI-PSB.
On the issue of “violations”: the PSB Order does not apply to ABS-CBN StarKargo since the PSB has no jurisdiction over ABS-CBN StarKargo, a business owned and operated by ABS-CBN International based in the U.S. To facilitate the delivery of the shipments of ABS-CBN StarKargo’s customers to their relatives and friends in the Philippines, ABS-CBN International engaged the brokerage and freight forwarding services of Sky Land Brokerage, Inc. which is organized and existing under Philippine laws and is duly accredited by the PSB.
ABS-CBN International painstakingly built and maintained the reputation and goodwill of ABS-CBN StarKargo through many years of excellent service to thousands of satisfied customers. ABS-CBN International has been a consistent recipient of an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) in the U.S. since September 10, 1998. There being no clear basis for naming ABS-CBN StarKargo as a “blacklisted” company and “warning the public against engaging its services” as stated in the News Release, it has filed a letter to the DTI-PSB requesting for clarification and immediate removal of ABS-CBN StarKargo’s name from the “blacklisted” entities to prevent further damage to its name.