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BOC-MICP now accepting hard copy of some entries

The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Manila International Container Port (MICP) is now accepting submission of hard copy of documents for entries filed online for the March 25 to April 21 period.

MICP district collector Guillermo Pedro Francia IV, in an online live update on May 18, said the hard copy of entries as well as hard copy of supporting documents should be submitted to MICP’s Entry Processing Unit (EPU).

In an advisory on its social media page, BOC-MICP said the documents will be accepted according to the schedule below and a 3:00 p.m. daily cut-off will be implemented:

  • Date of online filing April 1-7 – schedule of submission May 18-21
  • Date of online filing April 8-17 – schedule of submission May 22, 25, 26
  • Date of online filing April 15-21 – schedule of submission May 27-29

BOC last March has released its guidelines on the online filing of goods declaration, an option for stakeholders whose movements are restricted due to implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon.

Under Office of the Commissioner (OCOM) Memo No. 61-2020 dated March 24 and signed March 25, online filing of goods declaration is referred to as the temporary acceptance of the electronic copy of goods declaration and its supporting documents, with the original copy to be submitted after April 12, 2020 or upon lifting of the ECQ, whichever comes earlier. The ECQ has been extended since then to May 15 and in OCOM Memo No. 87-2020 dated April 27, the submission of hard copies have been amended and is now after the lifting of the ECQ or within three days thereafter.

READ: BOC issues rules on online filing of goods declaration during ECQ; BOC sets deadline for submission of original copies of documents filed online

“Consignees are reminded of the prescribed format and labelling for the hard copy submission outlined in Section 3.1 of the Customs Memorandum Order 08-2020,” BOC-MICP noted.

CMO 08-2020 provides guidelines for implementation of BOC’s Zero-Contact Policy at customs assessment offices. Under Section 3.1, documents to be filed with BOC should be submitted in hard copy and in electronic portable document format (PDF).

READ: BOC rules on zero contact policy in place from March 23

The hard copies of the goods declaration and the supporting documents must be placed in a long brown envelop.

A copy template of the prescribed label for the long brown envelope can be downloaded at

BOC-MICP said a separate schedule will be posted for entries filed online other than March 25-30.

Also, stakeholders are reminded to wear protective gear, such as face masks and gloves, when entering the MICP premises. – Roumina Pablo


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