The Bureau of Customs-Manila International Container Port is now implementing the Automated Routing and Monitoring System
ARMS randomly assigns consumption goods declaration to customs operations officers
BOC-MICP said ARMS was implemented at MICP on September 1 in line with Customs Memorandum Order No. 25-2021
ARMS replaces the Goods Declaration Verification System
The Bureau of Customs-Manila International Container Port (BOC-MICP) is now implementing the Automated Routing and Monitoring System (ARMS), which randomly assigns consumption goods declaration to customs operations officers (COO).
In an advisory on September 22, BOC-MICP said ARMS was implemented at MICP on September 1 in line with Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 25-2021.
CMO 25-2021, dated August 10, provides procedures in the automated random assignment of consumption goods declaration to COOs III and V.
It also integrates the automated assignment of goods declarations into BOC’s Electronic-to-Mobile (E2M) System. The CMO applies to all goods declarations lodged in the E2M System and processed by the Formal Entry Division (FED) or its equivalent units.
Customs commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero announced the implementation of ARMS at MICP in a memo dated August 31.
Other ports will follow.
Management Information System and Technology Group deputy commissioner Allan Geronimo earlier confirmed to PortCalls that ARMS is the automated assignment of declaration (AAD), which BOC said would replace the Goods Declaration and Verification System (GDVS) first implemented in 2017.
Geronimo said AAD is similar to the GDVS in randomly assigning import entries to appraisers and examiners on a first-come, first-served basis. But unlike the GDVS, the AAD (now ARMS) is incorporated into the E2M System, meaning BOC personnel will no longer need to encode details about the lodged entry twice, making encoding faster.
Upon lodgment of goods declaration, ARMS would randomly assign the declaration to a COO III and COO V at the port of discharge.
In the case of the Port of Manila and MICP, ARMS would randomly route the goods declaration to a COO III and COO V of the assigned FED Section.
In the case of Ninoy Aquino International Airport, ARMS would randomly route the goods declaration to a COO III and COO V of the designated off-terminal customs facility warehouse.
Existing regulations on online filing of goods declaration through the Customer Care Portal System (CCPS) and its supporting documents will continue to in effect, CMO 25-2021 noted. CCPS (https://client.customs.gov.ph/) is a web-based application introduced in June 2019 for the online filing of goods declaration.
To check the status of goods declaration, stakeholders may access https://arms.customs.gov.ph/. – Roumina Pablo