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Ombudsman dismisses seven customs execs, staff for corruption

Ombudsman dismisses seven customs execs, staff for corruption

Aug. 20 | The Office of the Ombudsman has ordered the dismissal from service of seven Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials and employees for grave misconduct and neglect of duty. Ombudsman Samuel Martires in separate rulings dated August 15 ordered the dismissal from...

BOC issues rules on lodgement of consumption goods declaration

BOC issues rules on lodgement of consumption goods declaration

Aug. 17 | Image by rawpixel from Pixabay The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has unveiled uniform guidelines for the lodging and processing of consumption goods declaration at all ports. Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 39-2019, signed August 7 and effective immediately,...

Industry groups vs PPA accreditation rule for port service providers

Industry groups vs PPA accreditation rule for port service providers

Aug. 13 | A recent Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) order that requires all port service providers to secure accreditation is meeting resistance from customs brokers, domestic shipping lines and truckers. In separate letters to PPA general manager Atty. Jay Daniel...

CCBI launches online portal for database, services

CCBI launches online portal for database, services

Aug. 13 | Screenshot of Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc portal, www.ccbi.com.ph The Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. (CCBI) is automating its services and conducting more seminars and forums to better serve its member-customs brokers. CCBI recently launched its...

BOC forms team to go after hazardous waste imports

BOC forms team to go after hazardous waste imports

Aug. 9 | Image by ar130405 from Pixabay The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has created a special unit on environmental protection that will address the unlawful entry of hazardous wastes and substances into the Philippines. The Environmental Protection and Compliance...

PPA suspends TABS bookings from Aug 9-10 to clear backlog

PPA suspends TABS bookings from Aug 9-10 to clear backlog

Aug. 9 | Aug 9 massive traffic jam on roads leading to and from the ports. Photo from the Facebook page of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso. The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has suspended truck bookings into Manila South Harbor through the Terminal Appointment...

BOC MICP seizes P24M worth of agri products

BOC MICP seizes P24M worth of agri products

Aug. 8 | The Bureau of Customs-Manila International Container Port (BOC-MICP) on Aug 8 seized five shipments containing misdeclared agricultural products from China worth about P24 million. The shipments arrived at MICP on separate dates last month and were issued...

PH exports up, imports down in June

PH exports up, imports down in June

Aug. 8 | Image by Michael Gaida from Pixabay Philippine merchandise exports grew 1.5% while imports declined 10.4% in June, resulting in a 5.8% dip in the country’s trade in goods to $14.49 billion from $15.39 billion. Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority...

RCEP possibly concluded in Nov: DTI

RCEP possibly concluded in Nov: DTI

Aug. 6 | Image by annca from Pixabay Ministers of the 16 participating countries of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement are optimistic the trade deal will be concluded in November this year, according to the Philippines’ Department...

FDA widens list of countries covered by ban on pork meat imports

FDA widens list of countries covered by ban on pork meat imports

Aug. 6 | Image by RitaE from Pixabay The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is temporarily banning the importation, distribution, and sale of all processed pork meat products from Hong Kong, North Korea, Laos, and Germany on suspicion the goods are affected with...