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A column on world trade and customs issues written by Atty. Agaton Teodoro Uvero, an international trade, customs (indirect tax) and supply chain expert. He provides advisory and training services to top corporations and industry associations. Uvero was previously Deputy Commissioner for Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group at the Philippine Bureau of Customs.

Preparing for Customs Audit, Ensuring Trade Compliance

Preparing for Customs Audit, Ensuring Trade Compliance

Dec. 4 | Our previous article discussed the expanded powers of the Bureau of Customs Post Clearance Audit Group (PCAG). This article will discuss how importers and customs brokers can promote trade compliance and prepare for customs audit.   Compliance Issues....

Warning: Here Comes An Empowered Customs Audit Group

Warning: Here Comes An Empowered Customs Audit Group

Nov. 2 | Malacañang has recently issued Executive Order (EO) No. 46 (dated October 20, 2017) entitled “Reviving the Post Clearance Audit Function of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Institutionalizing the Functions of the Financial Analytics and Intelligence...

Import/Export Management: What You Need to Know (Part 2)

Import/Export Management: What You Need to Know (Part 2)

Oct. 15 | This is the last of a two-part column. For the first part, click here.   Study Incoterms 2010. International Commercial Terms (Incoterms) provides the international standard for international sales and purchase contracts (cross-border transactions)...

Import/Export Management: What You Need to Know

Import/Export Management: What You Need to Know

Oct. 9 | (First of a two-part series.) The massive growth in international trade and the proliferation of regional and bilateral trading agreements have made international trade and customs law a highly specialized and complicated field particularly for the trading...

5 Common Customs Mistakes of Importers

5 Common Customs Mistakes of Importers

Sep. 25 | Unless you are buying a one-off low value item online, buying offshore for regular importers and for high-value goods is a complex affair. Ordering goods from overseas suppliers is unlike buying from a local store or supplier. The central post office...

Supply Chain Management Series: Ethics in Purchasing and Supply-Part II

Supply Chain Management Series: Ethics in Purchasing and Supply-Part II

Jun. 13 | For Part 1 of 2-part series, click here.   Instances of Unethical Practices Misconduct or malpractice in the purchasing and supply process will relate to specific processes in the supply chain such as the following:   – Specifying supply...

Supply Chain Management Series: Ethics in Purchasing and Supply—Part 1

Supply Chain Management Series: Ethics in Purchasing and Supply—Part 1

Jun. 5 | This is the first article in our series on International Supply Chain Management, which will include topics relating to the corporate supply chain environment, supply planning, specifying requirements, selecting suppliers, obtaining offers, negotiating...

The Evolving Role of Customs

The Evolving Role of Customs

May. 17 | Traditional Role of Customs Historically, customs administrations all over the world have served as state “gatekeepers”, taking jurisdiction on anything and everything that move across the borders and serving as tax collectors, border guards, port...

Import 101: Frequently Asked Questions

Import 101: Frequently Asked Questions

Apr. 10 | In recent years e-commerce has grown exponentially, with many offshore purchases now done through online sites. Unfortunately, first-time importers have encountered difficulties when clearing their shipments through customs, resulting in delays and additional...

CMTA and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

CMTA and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Mar. 27 | RKC and the WTO TFA Ten years ago, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BoC) first announced that the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) will be adopted and implemented in the coming months and years. Known formally as the “The International Convention on...
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