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Enhancements for BOC’s 1-Assessment ready

Enhancements for BOC’s 1-Assessment ready

Dec. 10 | The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is set to launch this month fixes for bugs and updates for 1-Assessment. 1-Assessment is the web-based queue management app that provides bias-free assessment by randomly assigning appraisers and examiners to declared goods...

BOC units placed under direct supervision of IG deputy commissioner

BOC units placed under direct supervision of IG deputy commissioner

Dec. 10 | Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero has placed several Bureau of Customs (BOC) units under the direct supervision of the deputy commissioner for Intelligence Group (IG). The administration, operation, and production division of the Customs Intelligence...

ASEAN firms stand to gain from trade war if they act now—trade and customs expert

ASEAN firms stand to gain from trade war if they act now—trade and customs expert

Dec. 3 | Angelia Chew, co-founder and managing partner of Singapore-based AC Trade Advisory, at the recent seminar on “Managing International Trade in the Philippines and Beyond in Asia Pacific” organized by PortCalls and Asia Customs & Trade. The...

DoTr push barging of empty containers to Subic port

DoTr push barging of empty containers to Subic port

Dec. 3 | Subic port photo courtesy of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority The Department of Transportation (DOTr) said it will push shipping lines to return empty containers to North Port, Manila’s domestic terminal, where they can then be transported by barge...

OCOM approval needed for accreditation of importers, brokers

OCOM approval needed for accreditation of importers, brokers

Dec. 2 | All applications for accreditation of importers and registration of customs brokers must be approved by the Philippine Office of the Commissioner (OCOM), Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero has ordered. Under Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) No....

Additional fuel excise tax may be implemented in 2019 after all

Additional fuel excise tax may be implemented in 2019 after all

Nov. 30 | The Development Budget Coordinating Committee (DBCC) has retracted its recommendation to suspend the second increase in excise tax on fuel under the Tax Reform for Inclusion and Acceleration (TRAIN) law in light of the favorable outlook in the price of...

Carriers eye full adoption of automated empties return under GoFast in 2019

Carriers eye full adoption of automated empties return under GoFast in 2019

Nov. 28 | Association of International Shipping Lines (AISL) members are looking to fully implement in 2019 an automated empty container returns system under GoFast. This would help address difficulties in the return of empties currently being experienced by logistics...

BOC chief orders heightened anti-smuggling initiatives

BOC chief orders heightened anti-smuggling initiatives

Nov. 28 | Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero has directed customs officials and employees to intensify anti-smuggling measures in ports. In a memorandum dated November 22, Guerrero reminded Bureau of Customs (BOC) officials to ensure they comply with the...

PH fuel marking system for implementation in 2019

PH fuel marking system for implementation in 2019

Nov. 26 | The Philippine government will finally implement next year its fuel marking system to curb oil smuggling and plug revenue losses from illegal importation and misdeclaration of fuel. The Bureau of Customs and Bureau of Internal Revenue have recently created...

No need for OCOM reps in goods examination, destruction or auction

No need for OCOM reps in goods examination, destruction or auction

Nov. 25 | File photo from the Bureau of Customs when counterfeit beauty products were destroyed last September. Representatives from the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) Office of the Commissioner (OCOM) are no longer required to be present during the examination...
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