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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...

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...

CTAP members to jack up trucking rates due to higher costs, empty returns problem

CTAP members to jack up trucking rates due to higher costs, empty returns problem

Nov. 18 | Image courtesy of khunaspix at FreeDigitalPhotos.net The Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP) will increase rates as costs have risen due to higher fuel and spare parts expenses and rental fees as well as lost opportunities...

BOC places all chemical imports under alert

BOC places all chemical imports under alert

Nov. 18 | Image courtesy of Ben Schonewille at FreeDigitalPhotos.net. The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has ordered all chemical shipments entering the Philippines be placed on alert status as requested by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and as directed...

Gov’t moves to solve empty container return problem; groups shun planned truck holiday

Gov’t moves to solve empty container return problem; groups shun planned truck holiday

Nov. 14 | (Clockwise, from right) Philippine Ports Authority general manager Atty Jay Daniel Santiago, Customs commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero and Department of Transportation OIC-undersecretary for Maritime Fernando Juan Perez meet on Nov 14 to coordinate government...

PH truckers, brokers threaten Nov. 19 ‘day of rest’

PH truckers, brokers threaten Nov. 19 ‘day of rest’

Nov. 12 | Several trucking and customs brokers’ organizations are planning a trucking holiday starting November 19 to force the Philippine government to address difficulties in returning empty containers and intervene in the implementation of the 15-year-old...

2 jetties under construction to support Boracay’s rehab

2 jetties under construction to support Boracay’s rehab

Nov. 12 | The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is developing two jetties in Boracay to support maintenance of the rehabilitated island that was recently opened to tourist activities after being closed for six months. PPA general manager Atty. Jay Daniel Santiago,...

Port congestion: what’s the real score?

Port congestion: what’s the real score?

Oct. 24 | Is there port congestion at Manila’s international terminals? For the Philippine government, there is none, only a high level of terminal yard utilization. Stakeholders, however, are not inclined to believe this, pointing out that shipping lines are...

CDAP warns of depot space shortage

CDAP warns of depot space shortage

Oct. 10 | Image courtesy of Sailom at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Empty containers may soon have to be returned to depots outside Metro Manila as off-dock depots within the metro are fast filling up even before the peak season, according to an official of the Container...

CCBI requests delay of BOC’s 1-Assessment in 4 key ports

CCBI requests delay of BOC’s 1-Assessment in 4 key ports

Oct. 1 | The Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. (CCBI) is requesting the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) to exempt until next year the Port of Manila, Manila International Container Port (MICP), Cebu and Davao from implementation of 1-Assessment, BOC’s electronic...
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