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During the past three weeks there has been a flurry of email advisories, seminars, stakeholder consultations and a lot of questions about electronic-to-mobile Automated Export Declaration System and its target mandatory implementation on 01 June 2012.


Customs Deputy Commissioner Maria Caridad P. Manarang took up with the Bankers Association of the Philippines president the matter of some banks still not issuing to their exporter clients a bank reference number (BRN).


Now that the supplemental guidelines for e2m AEDS implementation have been approved and issued as Customs Memorandum Order 7-2012 (see story on page 1), the remaining three weeks of May will be characterized by heightened awareness (hopefully not confusion!) and a high sense of urgency on how to comply with e2m AEDS.


We at Cargo Data Exchange Center (CDEC) have been regularly conducting our information dissemination on e2m AEDS since the 2nd quarter of 2011 (yes, that’s since last year). We already satisfactorily answered many of the issues and concerns export industry stakeholders are still raising today. The CDEC team conducted its AEDS info dissemination last year and early part of 2012 in Cebu, Davao, Gensan, Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao Container Terminal/Tagoloan and even Isabel (Leyte), among others.


As a result, a small number of pilot exporter participants already started using CDEC VASP for the electronic lodgment of export declaration — Single Administrative Document (ED-SAD) as early October 2011 —  that’s right, last year!


The total number of pilot exporter participants is small compared to the total universe of exporters (outside of PEZA and the various free port authorities). However, they constitute proof that e2m AEDS System works, the VASP system works, and that problems relating to implementation processes and procedures can actually be resolved.


CDEC always explains in detail the lessons learned and experiences of our pilot exporter clients during our information dissemination events and seminars. This is our distinct way of reaching out to exporters, in addition to the routine explanation on how they can make themselves ready for compliance.


Leo V. Morada is a domain expert on IT applications in Philippine port operations with 25 years senior IT management experience implementing technology solutions in port operations, electronic transactions with customs & port authority, and air/sea port community system applications. He is CEO of Cargo Data Exchange Center, Inc, a customs-accredited Value Added Service Provider. He may be contacted at lmorada3f1@yahoo.com.

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