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Moro Gulf, Basilan Strait transit corridor created to combat piracy

Moro Gulf, Basilan Strait transit corridor created to combat piracy

May. 28 | The Philippine Department of Transportation (DOTr) has issued a memorandum circular on the establishment of a transit corridor in Moro Gulf and Basilan Strait as a means to protect vessels crossing the area from pirates. “This circular aims to address...

EO revises duty for certain PH import commodities

EO revises duty for certain PH import commodities

May. 24 | President Rodrigo Duterte has signed several executive orders (EO) modifying the rates of duty for several products imported into the Philippines. The new executive orders were signed late April and published this month after the National Economic and...

BOC to buy 20 speedboats, other equipment for P465M border security project

BOC to buy 20 speedboats, other equipment for P465M border security project

May. 24 | The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) intends to spend P465.155 million to procure new equipment for its intensified border security program. In separate invitations to bid, BOC said it plans to spend that amount from its approved 2017 budget to buy...

PH gov’t withdraws 5 airport projects from PPP program

PH gov’t withdraws 5 airport projects from PPP program

May. 24 | The Philippine government has decided to terminate the procurement plan for the modernization of five regional airports using the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme, as it intends to take a different approach to developing these projects. In a statement,...

Ex-military officer is new chief of MMDA; DoTr resignations

Ex-military officer is new chief of MMDA; DoTr resignations

May. 24 | Danilo Lim is the new chair of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. Former brigadier general Danilo Lim has been appointed as the new chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed...

Smuggled motor vehicles seized at Manila port valued at P3M

Smuggled motor vehicles seized at Manila port valued at P3M

May. 24 | The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized an estimated P3 million worth of smuggled car and motorcycles at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) after discovering the importer misdeclared the shipment as household goods and personal effects. Gerardo...

BOC revives plan to require pre-shipment inspection on containers

BOC revives plan to require pre-shipment inspection on containers

May. 22 | The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) is again holding public consultations on extending the coverage of the load port survey (LPS) or pre-shipment inspection to containerized cargoes. In a text message to PortCalls, BOC spokesperson Atty. Mandy Therese...

PPA oversight body created to identify, resolve Manila North Harbor issues

PPA oversight body created to identify, resolve Manila North Harbor issues

May. 22 | The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has created an operations oversight committee to look into concerns of stakeholders using the Manila North Harbor and ensure the efficient movement of goods passing through the port. Operations Memorandum Order (OMO)...

BOC lays down rules for clearance of postal matters

BOC lays down rules for clearance of postal matters

May. 22 | The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) has released rules on the clearance process for postal items, as prescribed under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). Customs Administrative Order (CAO) No. 03-2017, signed by both Finance Secretary...

Civil remedies for uncollected customs charges enshrined in proposed PH rule

Civil remedies for uncollected customs charges enshrined in proposed PH rule

May. 22 | The Philippine Department of Finance (DOF) and Bureau of Customs (BOC) have released draft guidelines for implementing civil remedies in collecting duties and taxes from an importer, as provided under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). The...
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