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Bureau of Customs assistant commissioner and spokesperson Atty Vincent Philip Maronilla

Key points from the Bureau of Customs PH‘s live updates on April 17 hosted by assistant commissioner and spokesperson Atty. Vincent Philip Maronilla:

• Transfer of overstaying containers: As of April 16, a total of 3,370 overstaying containers were transferred from Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) from 2,770 on April 13. Of the latest total, 914 were transferred to a depot of Pacific Roadlink Logistics, Inc.; 2,247 containers to the domestic terminal in Manila North Harbor; and 106 to the Laguna Gateway Inland Container Terminal.

• Yard utilization at Manila ports: As of April 15, yard utilization at the Port of Manila and MICT were at 78% and 71.61%, respectively. A day before, they were 73% for Port of Manila, and 73.05% for MICT.

• Procedure for tax- and duty-free imports of personal protective equipment (PPE), medical supplies, and health devices using the provisional goods declaration system: The declarant must lodge the provisional goods declaration using the assigned model of declaration “4PG-4” under Box 1 of the single administrative document.

Under Box 37a, the declarant should encode the procedure code “4404 EXTENDED” and the three-digit additional code “038” which previews “Section 403 of Customs Modernization and Tariff Act PGD, Duty, VAT and Excise Exempt” under Box 37b, as may be applicable.

BOC said this is applicable for both importations for donation and commercial purposes pursuant to Section 4(o) of Republic Act (RA) 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.
Imports of health equipment and supplies deemed critical or needed to address the coronavirus disease outbreak are exempt from duties, taxes, and fees.

Imported goods under Section 4(o) of RA 11469 released under provisional goods declaration are subject to the submission of Tax Exemption Indorsement issued by the Department of Finance Revenue Office upon lifting of the enhanced community quarantine.

Maronilla reminded stakeholders who have availed of provisional goods declaration to be mindful of their obligation and submit the required documents after the 45-day extension.

Soft copies of the required documents will be accepted while the hard copies are still unavailable, or stakeholders can request for another 45-day extension.

• Information on container transferred from Manila ports to other facilities: Stakeholders can request for the information through BOC’s online portal. Maronilla noted that the list of containers for transfer are submitted by terminal operators and approved by the deputy collector for operations of the port concerned.

• Submission of required documents for Super Green Lane shipments: Existing rules apply since the system already provides deferred submission and the submission of Undertaking is needed only if the stakeholder is not able to comply with the timeline. – Roumina Pablo

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