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7 House bills push for CMTA amendment

7 House bills push for CMTA amendment

Jan. 23 | Seven bills have been filed in the House of Representatives (HOR), six of which seek to amend certain sections of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) to support the improvement and modernization of the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) processes,...

East Asia’s growth to moderate to 5.2% in 2020-21 — UNCTAD report

East Asia’s growth to moderate to 5.2% in 2020-21 — UNCTAD report

Jan. 23 | Image by Pexels from Pixabay Against an increasingly challenging external environment, East Asia is projected to grow at a more moderate pace of 5.2% in 2020 and 2021, with downside risks to the growth outlook intensifying, according to a new report from...

BOC post-audit group collects P2B in 2019; fuel firms among next auditees

BOC post-audit group collects P2B in 2019; fuel firms among next auditees

Jan. 23 | Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Post-Clearance Audit Group (PCAG) collected P2.051 billion in 2019 all as a result of the Prior Disclosure Program (PDP). This year it aims to collect double that amount as it prepares to...

Truckers warned against violating Manila truck routes

Truckers warned against violating Manila truck routes

Jan. 22 | Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay The Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) advised truckers to strictly observe truck routes being implemented in Manila or face the consequences, after the city government discontinued and indefinitely suspended...

PH no longer requires radiation, origin certificates for Japanese goods

PH no longer requires radiation, origin certificates for Japanese goods

Jan. 21 | Fukushima pears image by Eugenio Cuppone from Pixabay The Department of Agriculture (DA) has lifted additional import requirements on Japanese commodities. Agriculture Secretary William Dar, in Memorandum Order (MO) No. 01 series of 2020 dated January...

EO inked on new tariff rates under ASEAN-HK trade deal

EO inked on new tariff rates under ASEAN-HK trade deal

Jan. 21 | President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order (EO) modifying the import duty rates on certain articles in order to implement Philippine tariff commitments under the free trade agreement (FTA) between Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast...

Nueva Ecija warehouse raid yields equipment, P1B in fake cigarette brands

Nueva Ecija warehouse raid yields equipment, P1B in fake cigarette brands

Jan. 21 | Cigarette-making machines and other equipment believed to be used in making counterfeit cigarettes inside a warehouse raided by BOC on January 18. The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has raided a warehouse in Cabiao, Nueva Ecija suspected of being a base for...

MinDA eyes PAL’s revived Zambo-Kota Kinabalu service

MinDA eyes PAL’s revived Zambo-Kota Kinabalu service

Jan. 21 | Philippine Airlines Bombardier Q4 The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) plans to optimize the revived Zamboanga-Kota Kinabalu flights of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) to promote the shipment of halal and agricultural products to Malaysia. For...

CTAP: Manila scraps permit to travel requirement after trucking holiday

CTAP: Manila scraps permit to travel requirement after trucking holiday

Jan. 15 | The Manila City government has stopped requiring the permit to travel from truckers as a result of the trucking holiday, according to the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP). The trucking group, in an announcement to members...

DTI bill regulating foreign carriers’ charges may be ready by end Jan—trade exec

DTI bill regulating foreign carriers’ charges may be ready by end Jan—trade exec

Jan. 15 | Image by Thomas G. from Pixabay Instead of an executive order (EO), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is now drafting a bill on the regulation of charges imposed by foreign shipping lines operating in the Philippines. Rowel Barba, DTI Undersecretary...