The Bureau of Customs Account Management Office processed the accreditation of 6,190 importers and customs brokers in Q3
Of the total, 5,308 were regular importers, 115 non-regular importers, and 767 were customs brokers
665 facilities and offices were inspected, 65 of which turned out to be non-existent and had their accreditation application denied
The accreditation of 114 importers and 44 customs brokers was revoked after they were found to have violated provisions of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Account Management Office (AMO) processed the accreditation of 6,190 importers, both regular and non-regular, and customs brokers in the third quarter of 2021.
Of the total, which included new applications and renewal of accreditation, 5,308 were regular importers, 115 non-regular importers, and 767 customs brokers, BOC said in a statement.
All applications were processed online. AMO last year shifted to online application of accreditation to facilitate the accreditation process.
For the third quarter, AMO inspected a total of 665 sites, 65 of which were found to be non-existent, leading to the denial of their application requests.
AMO physically inspects facilities and offices of applicant importers to ensure legitimacy of their application and avoid dummy accounts that may be used for smuggling and illegal activities.
The office also revoked accreditation of 114 importers and 44 customs brokers after they were found to have violated provisions of Republic Act No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
In its 2021 mid-year report, BOC said it processed accreditation of 6,334 importers and 1,017 customs brokers, and revoked the accreditation of 416 importers and 133 customs brokers.
In 2020, a total of 17,160 importer and customs broker accreditations were processed, and accreditation of 575 importers and 148 customs brokers was revoked.