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CCBI can stand as witness during physical exam of alerted cargoes—BOC

CCBI can stand as witness during physical exam of alerted cargoes—BOC

Apr. 18 | At the signing of the memorandum of agreement between Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc (CCBI) and the Bureau of Customs, were L to R: CCBI president Atty Ferdinand Nague, Customs commissioner Isidro Lapeña and BOC deputy commissioner Natalio Ecarma III....

BOC extends suspension of rules on balikbayan box imports

BOC extends suspension of rules on balikbayan box imports

Apr. 16 | The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) has extended the suspension of its 2016 guidelines implementing duty- and tax-free importation of consolidated balikbayan boxes until revised guidelines are issued. In a memorandum dated March 16 and signed March...

BOC raises number of alert orders to at least 50 daily

BOC raises number of alert orders to at least 50 daily

Apr. 15 | Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña has ordered that at least 50 alert orders be issued daily as a way to deter smuggling, adding that the Bureau of Customs (BOC) may even double the figure as it now has enhanced the alert system. In a press conference...

BOC confiscates P2M ukay-ukay merchandise at Manila port

BOC confiscates P2M ukay-ukay merchandise at Manila port

Apr. 14 | The 40-footer container that contained the prohibited import arrived at a Manila port from Hong Kong on February 27 but the entry was filed only on March 6. Photo from the BOC. The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized a 40-footer containing ukay-ukay,...

PH Bureau of Plant Industry eyes trial run of ePhyto system by Q2

PH Bureau of Plant Industry eyes trial run of ePhyto system by Q2

Apr. 12 | L to R: Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) National Plant Quarantine Services Division assistant chief Gerald Glenn Panganiban, BPI director George Culaste, and InterCommerce Network Services, Inc. president Francis Lopez. The Philippine Bureau of Plant Industry...

BOC eyes MOA on pre-shipment inspection with China

BOC eyes MOA on pre-shipment inspection with China

Apr. 11 | The Bureau of Customs (BOC) intends to sign a bilateral agreement with its counterpart in China on implementing data exchange, including pre-shipment inspection (PSI), between the two countries to ensure that correct values of goods are declared in the...

BOC set to act on request to relocate customs clearance area within Mindanao Container Terminal

BOC set to act on request to relocate customs clearance area within Mindanao Container Terminal

Apr. 11 | The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is finalizing its decision on the request of Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) stakeholders to return the designated examination area/customs clearance area (DEA/CCA) inside the terminal. “We’re just finalizing things,”...

BOC stresses yet again need for detailed goods description

BOC stresses yet again need for detailed goods description

Apr. 11 | The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) is reiterating that articles must be declared with detailed descriptions, specifically for shipments of fiber, yarn, and fabric, as general descriptions violate customs regulations. Assessment and Operations Coordinating...

PH tile shipments must go through mandatory magna scale weighing

PH tile shipments must go through mandatory magna scale weighing

Apr. 11 | All shipments of tiles to the Philippines are now subjected to mandatory magna scale weighing before release from the custody of the Bureau of Customs (BOC). In a memorandum dated March 12, Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group (AOCG) deputy commissioner...

BOC seizes jet skis, Porsche at Cebu port

BOC seizes jet skis, Porsche at Cebu port

Apr. 8 | The brand-new jet skis were shipped from the United States to the Port of Cebu in a 40-footer declared to hold used personal effects. Photo courtesy of Bureau of Customs. The Bureau of Customs (BOC) recently seized two undeclared brand-new Kawasaki jet...
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