BOC order on adjusted fees still in limbo

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  • A Customs order covering fees for services rendered by Customs personnel is still not in effect pending approval of an amended version by the Department of Finance
  • The BOC has rectified the gap and typographical error found on an item of CAO 01-2024 and submitted the updated version to the DOF for approval on March 19
  • The updated version will only take effect 30 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or a newspaper of general circulation
  • CAO 01-2024 aims to identify and provide uniformity in the different fees; collate fees and charges from various BOC memos and orders; and rename a few charges

A Bureau of Customs (BOC) order covering fees for services rendered by the bureau’s personnel is still not in effect.

Customs Administrative Order 01-2024 is pending approval of an amended version by the Department of Finance (DOF).

Under Memo No. 17-2024 dated April 1, Customs Commissioner Bienvenido Rubio noted that BOC’s Project Management Office noticed a gap and a typographical error in the order’s numbering of Item 5.5 (import processing charge).

Upon advice of the DOF, BOC’s mother agency, the customs bureau rectified the mistakes and submitted the updated version to the former on March 19.

With this, Rubio said CAO 01-2024 “is still not effective pending approval of the DOF” and it will only take effect 30 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or a newspaper of general circulation.

CAO 01-2024 aims to identify and provide uniformity in the different fees; collate fees and charges from various BOC memos and orders; and rename a few charges.

It covers all service fees, dues and charges collected by BOC from shipping lines, airlines, air express operators, importers, exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, consolidators, deconsolidators, logistics providers, transshippers, operators of customs bonded warehouses and other customs facilities and warehouses, free zone locators or registered enterprises, third-party solutions providers, and all other parties served by the bureau.

Under CAO 01-2024, service fees to be collected will accrue to the trust fund, which may be used to pay for allowance and overtime services of BOC personnel.

Customs dues and charges, meanwhile, will go to the general fund.

A customs memorandum order governing the utilization of collected service fees, including procedures for their payment to authorized customs personnel in accordance with existing auditing, accounting and other rules and regulations, will later be issued. – Roumina Pablo