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BOC principal appraisers placed under Import Assessment Service control

BOC principal appraisers placed under Import Assessment Service control

Dec. 13 | Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero has transferred the operational control of all Bureau of Customs (BOC) principal appraisers to the Imports Assessment Service (IAS). Administrative supervision of principal appraisers, meanwhile, remains with...

CCBI seeks exemption from burdensome POM access pass policy

CCBI seeks exemption from burdensome POM access pass policy

Dec. 13 | The Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. (CCBI) is requesting the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to exempt customs brokers, their representatives, and regular employees of business establishments located inside the customs building from the implementation of the...

SBITC equipped to handle volume jump in holiday shipments

SBITC equipped to handle volume jump in holiday shipments

Dec. 13 | Subic Bay International Terminal Corp (SBITC), which operates New Container Terminals 1 and 2 at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, said cargo volumes handled have been growing continuously for 13 straight months since 2017. Photo courtesy of SBITC. Subic Bay...

PH trade surges 14% in Oct on robust imports, export recovery

PH trade surges 14% in Oct on robust imports, export recovery

Dec. 13 | Philippine merchandise trade reached US$16.43 billion in October 2018, an increase of 14% from $14.41 billion in the same month last year, propelled by strong imports as well as improved export performance, according to data from the Philippine Statistics...

Fake tobacco suppliers shift to producing counterfeit brands in PH

Fake tobacco suppliers shift to producing counterfeit brands in PH

Dec. 13 | Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has directed the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to work with their counterparts in China to stop the illicit entry in the Philippines of cigarette-making machines used to manufacture...

Cebu Pacific launches Cebu-Macau direct run

Cebu Pacific launches Cebu-Macau direct run

Dec. 13 | Low-cost Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific has launched a new route linking Cebu and Macau, providing another access point to China’s Pearl River Delta. The direct flights between Cebu and Macau started last December 7, with a weekly frequency of Mondays,...

90% of Alae Bypass Road connecting Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon complete

90% of Alae Bypass Road connecting Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon complete

Dec. 13 | When completed, the Alae Bypass Road will divert traffic along the busy Sayre Highway, Puerto-Alae Section, and serve as an alternate road going to Mindanao Container Terminal in Tagoloan, where cargo trucks coming from Bukidnon will be catered to directly. The...

UNCTAD warns ports not prepared for climate change

UNCTAD warns ports not prepared for climate change

Dec. 12 | The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says ports are not ready to cope with the projected impacts of climate change, a situation that has import on the trade and sustainable development goals of all nations. UNCTAD’s chief...

BOC tightens controls on goods declaration lodgement, valuation

BOC tightens controls on goods declaration lodgement, valuation

Dec. 10 | The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has issued new directives on the lodgement of goods declaration and on valuation to improve revenue collection efficiency and ease port congestion. According to Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 25-2018, dated and signed by...

Harbor Star to deploy tug, barge for Cavite Gateway Terminal

Harbor Star to deploy tug, barge for Cavite Gateway Terminal

Dec. 10 | The 32-meter MV Crest Opal, Harbor Star Shipping’s 44th tugboat, has a 3,200-brake horse power, while Crest 2801 is a 280-foot, 6,000-deadweight tonnage barge, the company’s eighth. Photo courtesy of Harbor Star. Harbor Star Shipping Services,...
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