The bidding process for the system that will allow the Philippines to electronically exchange export declaration information with other ASEAN member states has been completed
The ASEAN Customs Declaration Document System will enable the Philippines to exchange ACDD through the ASEAN Single Window
It will help the Philippines digitize trade processes and maximize potential of intra-ASEAN trade
The bidding process for the system that will allow the Philippines to electronically exchange export declaration information with other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) members is complete, according to the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
In a statement, BOC said it received concurrence from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on completion of the bidding process for the ASEAN Customs Declaration Document (ACDD) System, for which bidding formally started last May.
BOC said the ACDD System will enable the Philippines to electronically exchange ACDD on the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) and help the country to meet its commitment to digitize trade processes and to maximize the potential of intra-ASEAN trade.
ASW is the regional initiative to speed up cargo clearance and promote regional economic integration by enabling the electronic exchange of border documents among the 10 ASEAN member states.
Since December 2020, BOC has worked closely with the USAID, through the ASEAN Policy Implementation (API) Project, in identifying infrastructure requirements, determining information security issues, and establishing the scope, functionality, design and operation environment of the ACDD management software.
The USAID API Project team is also assisting BOC develop a national master data plan for information sharing and interoperability.
In December 2020, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Singapore began exchanging ACDD through the ASW. Malaysia and Thailand followed suit on March 31, 2021. The rest of the ASEAN member states are expected to join the live operation within 2021.
For now, Philippine exporters can exchange electronic certificates of origin with other ASEAN member states.
BOC and other government agencies are also working on onboarding trade regulatory government agencies to TradeNet, the country’s national single window which is a requisite to interconnect with the ASW, to allow online application for import and export permits.