Home » Customs & Trade » 13 more ports under Customs’ e2m by May 17

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) is rolling out its electronic-to-mobile/import assessment system (e2m/IAS) in 13 ports starting May 17, 2010.

Affected are the ports of Legazpi, Surigao, Zamboanga and Harbour Centre Port Terminals, Inc as well as nine subports of Bislig, Nasipit, Food Terminal, Inc., Jolo, Zamboanga International Airport, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, Jose Panganiban and Masbate.

In a recent memo, Customs commissioner Napoleon Morales directed all Customs personnel to coordinate with stakeholders for the system’s efficient implementation.

Considering the relatively few entries passing through the 13 ports, major glitches are not expected to take place unlike when the e2m was applied to key ports such as the Manila International Container Port and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

e2m/IAS is designed to harmonize, rationalize, and streamline imports and exports processing and improve trade facilitation between the BOC and its stakeholders, including other government agencies through the development and integration of various systems that will allow an extensive use of e-commerce solutions towards a non face-to-ace transaction procedures.

The implementation of IAS covers import entry lodgment through the value-added service providers, the Client Profile Registration System; Electronic Manifest System; clearance of Formal Entry System (consumption and warehousing); use of Payment Abstract Secure System v. 5.0; application of non-cash payments, consisting of Tax Exemption Certificates, Import Entry Declaration, Tax Debit Memos, Import Entry Declaration/Advanced Payment and Deferred Payment of Government Accounts through the e2m Payment System; On-Line Release System; and License and Clearance System involving government agencies that are ready to upload their licenses, clearances and other authorizations to the e2m Customs.

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