A stakeholder review of draft regulations for strict implementation of the mandatory advance submission of air manifest as well as the proposed submission of PEZA/Freeport electronic export documentation to BOC e2m system is in high gear.
The BOC Management Information and Systems Technology Group (MlSTG) already informed all customs-accredited value-added service providers to alert their respective client and stakeholders on the targeted implementation of these BOC automation initiatives.
We expect to have increased information dissemination on these by next week.
Meanwhile, several readers emailed this column requesting if we can reprint contents of CMO 13-2012 dated 31 October 2012.
The subject of this CMO is: “Clarification on The Rate of Cargo Transfer Fees for the Domestic Transit using the Customs e2m Transit System Of Imports Discharged at All Ports of Entries with PEZA or Freeport/Special Economic Zone/Areas as Final Destinations”.
The memo states in full: “To avoid confusion in the assessment of the Cargo Transfer Fees (CTF), the existing harmonized rate/s thereof as prescribed in CMO Nos. 37-2010 and 39-2010 shall be retained for all domestic transits of import shipments discharged at all ports of entries and destined for Freeport Areas, PEZA or other Special Economic Zones/Areas filed even under the Customs e2m Transit System, where the CTF rate of Php l,015.00 shall be collected except for transit imports to the Mactan Export Processing Zone discharged at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport where the CTF rate is Php737.00.
“The Bureau’s Management Information and Systems Technology Group (MlSTG) is hereby directed to make the necessary changes/modifications in the e2m System to effect the collection of the prescribed CTF Rates for the domestic transit of import shipments destined for Freeport Area, PEZA and other Special Economic Zones/ Areas.
“Further, all District/Port Collectors where domestic transits of Freeport, PEZA and other Special Economic Shipments are processed are directed to assign Customs Cashiers for, the collection of the CTF during non-working hours in order to provide unhampered public service for the release/ clearance from Customs of subject shipments.”
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 can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.