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BOC sets rules on negotiated sale of forfeited goods

BOC sets rules on negotiated sale of forfeited goods

Oct. 16 | Image by MichaelGaida from Pixabay The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has issued procedures for the disposition of abandoned and forfeited goods through negotiated sale. Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 26-2020 implements Customs Administrative Order (CAO)...

Cold storage facility guards authorized to disarm customs e-seal

Cold storage facility guards authorized to disarm customs e-seal

Oct. 15 | Image by marcinjozwiak from Pixabay Security guards on duty at cold storages may disarm the customs electronic seals (ECS) on reefer containers to prevent delays that could affect the condition of perishable goods. The authorization – contained in Bureau...

BOC deploys projects to stabilize E2M

BOC deploys projects to stabilize E2M

Oct. 15 | E2M software maintenance and support projects’ slide from the presentation made by MISTG-TMS OIC Jonathan Soriano during BOC’s October 10 webinar While awaiting a new customs system, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) is implementing projects to...

Port users take united stand against PPA arrastre, OOG rate proposals

Port users take united stand against PPA arrastre, OOG rate proposals

Oct. 13 | Image by Jarosław Bialik from Pixabay Multisectoral port stakeholders are jointly opposing the Philippine Ports Authority’s (PPA) proposal to prescribe arrastre rates on empty containers and to apply arrastre, stevedoring, and storage charges on out-of-gauge...

Instant valuation upgrade not first line of action for customs appraisers

Instant valuation upgrade not first line of action for customs appraisers

Oct. 13 | The BOC valuation process as presented by Import Assessment Service’s Romeo Laneses, Jr. during the October 10 webinar Customs appraisers should not immediately upgrade valuation of shipments when there is a “valuation hit,” or when the declared...

BOC sets Q4 collection goal

BOC sets Q4 collection goal

Oct. 10 | The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has set a collection target of P139.644 billion for the last quarter of 2020, in keeping with the agency’s revised goal. The target is contained in Office of the Commissioner Memo No. 190-2020 signed by Customs commissioner...

Bataan Freeport to enhance trade services via automated systems

Bataan Freeport to enhance trade services via automated systems

Oct. 6 | The Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) is working on a slew of projects, including initiatives to automate and streamline services, as it aims to facilitate trade and improve ease of doing business at the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB). This...

PPA eyes arrastre rates, other charges on empties, OOG cargoes

PPA eyes arrastre rates, other charges on empties, OOG cargoes

Oct. 3 | The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is proposing to prescribe arrastre rates on empty containers handled at the international ports of Manila and Batangas. The ports authority is also eyeing arrastre, stevedoring, and storage charges on out-of-gauge...

Shippers, port users buck use of Manila domestic terminal quay cranes

Shippers, port users buck use of Manila domestic terminal quay cranes

Oct. 2 | North Port Terminal 1 | Photo from MNHPI’s website A broad sector of industry groups is asking the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to suspend implementation of a policy requiring shipping lines to use quay cranes and pay cranage fees at the Manila...

COVID, foreign ownership bill temper local shipowners’ investment drive

COVID, foreign ownership bill temper local shipowners’ investment drive

Sep. 30 | Domestic terminal in Manila North Harbor The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the possibility of 100% foreign ownership in the domestic shipping industry are preventing local ship owners from acquiring new ships, according to industry executives. Philippine...