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The Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has come out with a list of 514 importers and customs brokers that must renew their accreditation with the agency this May if they are to continue transacting with the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

In separate advisories, BIR said the 467 importers and 47 customs brokers whose Importer’s Clearance Certificates (ICCs) and Broker’s Clearance Certificates (BCCs) are valid only until August 2017 are scheduled to renew their clearance certificates between May 2 and May 31. BIR had earlier listed 790 importers and customs brokers whose accreditation was set to expire from June to July and must renew their accreditation from March to April 2017.

For schedule of Importer’s Clearance Certificate renewal, click here.

For schedule of Broker’s Clearance Certificate renewal, click here.

Under the rules set by Department of Finance (DOF) in 2014, securing the BCC and ICC from BIR’s Accounts Receivable Monitoring Division is the first step a customs broker or importer must take to be accredited and to be allowed to transact with BOC.

DOF is the mother agency of both BIR and BOC.

The ICC and BCC from BIR must be renewed and submitted to BOC every three years. In September last year, BIR issued Revenue Memorandum Order (RMO) No. 56-2016, which orders that the ICC and BCC be processed and released within five working days of submission by applicants of their complete documents. This improves on the 15 working days prescribed by RMO No. 10-2014, which was issued in 2014 after DOF changed the rules on importers’ and customs brokers’ accreditation process.

The BIR memo also revises some provisions of RMO No. 10-2014 and streamlines the procedure for ICC and BCC application.

DOF and BOC recently released a draft customs administrative order on the process of registration of importers with the customs bureau, pursuant to the new Customs Modernization and Tariff Act. Under the draft, which had its public hearing recently, all importers are still required to secure an accreditation with BIR. – Roumina Pablo

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