CBWs ordered to complete prerequisites before AIMS rollout

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  • The Bureau of Customs reminded customs bonded warehouses (CBWs) at the Port of Manila to comply with prerequisites for rollout of the first phase of the Automated Inventory Management System (AIMS)
  • Among requirements are transmittal of client profiles and their assigned unique warehouse codes to the AIMS
  • Users must also register in AIMS based on role or function before system implementation
  • The latest inventory of the bonded goods in the CBW must be uploaded on AIMS on or before August 9
  • CBW operators also ordered to provide Customs personnel working areas and office equipment and supplies prior to operation

The Bureau of Customs reminded customs bonded warehouses (CBWs) at the Port of Manila to comply with prerequisites for rollout of the first phase of the Automated Inventory Management System (AIMS).

In a memo dated August 5, Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group (AOCG) deputy commissioner and CBW Committee chairman Edward James Dy Buco directed all CBWs to fulfill prerequisites under Section 4.2 of Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 20-2021.

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CMO 20-2021, which took effect last July 1, provides guidelines on the operations and use of AIMS for imported raw materials entered into registered CBWs, regardless of type or classification of the CBW.

According to the CMO, the AOCG deputy commissioner, in consultation with the Management Information System and Technology Group (MISTG) deputy commissioner, will issue a memo on the implementation of AIMS for different CBWs nationwide.

AIMS is the automated system CBW operators should adopt to monitor stock inventory of bonded goods from the time these goods enter the CBW up to the point the goods declaration covered by the warehousing single administrative document is liquidated.

CMO 20-2021 said AIMS is being implemented to protect BOC from revenue loss caused by possible diversion of raw materials, unauthorized withdrawals or ghost exportations.

All CBWs granted the License to Operate by BOC should implement the AIMS of the service provider accredited by the customs bureau.

Cargo Data Exchange Center, Inc., which specializes in technology solutions for the trade, transport, and logistics sectors, is the accredited service provider for AIMS.

According to the August 5 memo, the client profiles and their assigned unique warehouse codes should be transmitted to the AIMS in coordination with the MISTG and users must register in the AIMS based on their respective roles or functions before the implementation.

The latest inventory of the bonded goods in the CBW, whether as raw materials in theiroriginal form, work in progress, or as finished goods, must be uploaded on or before August 9.

All CBW operators were also directed to comply with Section 5.12.2 of Customs Administrative Order No. 13-2019, which requires CBWs to provide Customs personnel suitable working areas and the needed office equipment and supplies prior to operation.

According to CMO 20-2021, the AIMS service provider will charge a transaction fee of P160 exclusive of value-added tax for every lodgment of the following declarations in the AIMS:

  • Entry declaration (direct import and constructive import, raw materials) – entry/arrival
  • Withdraw-manufacture declaration – withdrawal declaration
  • Toll manufacturing declaration release or return – transfer declaration
  • Transfer declaration from mother warehouse to member – transfer declaration
  • Entry declaration (finished goods) within the CBW or arrival from subcontractor
  • Exit declaration – export
  • Withdraw-local sales declaration (raw materials, semi-finished, or finished goods) – withdrawal
  • Write off declaration – write off
  • Constructive export – construction exportation
  • Filing of liquidation in the AIMS – liquidation

If the shipment is less than P50,000 in value, the CBW operator/accredited member of customs common bonded warehouses (CCBW) will only pay for the creation of the entry declaration in the AIMS and filing of liquidation of the declaration.

Declarations made by an accredited subcontractor in the AIMS will not be subject to any charges.

Generation of any other type of reports from the AIMS will not be subject to any charges.

BOC will not collect any fees on behalf of the AIMS service provider but will collect from the service provider a service fee for monitoring and supervising the AIMS, the fee equivalent to 10% of fees collected exclusive of VAT in accordance with the published rate for the use of AIMS.

The committee on service provider accreditation will review the fee structure every two years and may recommend changes.

If the AIMS service provider fails to meet its service level agreement target, it will face penalties and its accreditation may be revoked or pre-terminated by BOC.

Any person or entity who obstructs, or attempts to obstruct, implementation of CMO 20-2021 and its related rules and issuances; or who assists in the same, or who allows oneself to be used to commit the same, will face civil, criminal, and/or administrative penalties.

BOC officials or employees who violate CMO 20-2021 or act to undermine its implementation will be immediately relieved, transferred to another office, or assigned to a less sensitive position. This is in addition to sanctions as may be imposed under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and Civil Service laws, rules, and regulations.

A 24/7 help desk will be provided by the accredited service provider to address any concern with implementation of the AIMS. – Roumina Pablo