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Bureau of Customs assistant commissioner and spokesman Atty Vincent Philip Maronilla at the April 20 BOC Live Updates. Screengrab from BOC Facebook page.

Key points from the Bureau of Customs’ 13th live online update on April 20 hosted by assistant commissioner and spokesperson Atty. Vincent Philip Maronilla:

  • Accreditation of freight forwarders, customs brokers, and customs bonded warehouse operators under the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Program: Maronilla said BOC is still establishing the AEO Office that will handle applications.

BOC has already issued Customs Memorandum Order No. 09-2020, which contains guidelines for pilot implementation of the AEO program for importers and exporters.

Read: https://www.portcalls.com/authorized-economic-operator-program-guidelines-issued/

  • Clamor to waive demurrage and storage charges: Maronilla said BOC is still awaiting response from the Philippine Ports Authority, shipping lines and port operators on the issue. It is them, and not BOC, who have a say on the charges.

But if charges can’t be waived, Maronilla said shipping lines and port operators could consider providing stakeholders a longer time to process their shipments so additional charges will not be incurred.

  • Unstable BOC portal and system: Maronilla acknowledged that BOC’s e2m system is old but noted several upgrades and major improvements have been made in the past few years. The BOC is now working with the World Bank to modernize the BOC computer systems.

Read: https://www.portcalls.com/97-8m-boc-modernization-program-gets-green-light/

  • BOC compliance with Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 20-01, which directs the agency to process entries within 24 hours: Maronilla said BOC collection districts will be asked to provide summary reports to check how many shipments have been assessed and how long the assessment procedure took.

Read: https://www.portcalls.com/cargo-clearance-may-be-accomplished-in-24-hours-says-boc/

  • Transfer of overstaying cargoes to prevent congestion at Manila International Container Termimal: As of April 19, a total of 3,838 have been transferred, 37 more containers from 3,801 as of April 18. Of the April 19 total, 986 containers were transferred to the depot of Pacific Roadlink Logistics, Inc., 2,726 containers to the domestic terminal at Manila North Harbor, and 124 containers to Laguna Gateway Inland Container Terminal.
  • As of April 19, yard utilization at MICT is at 68.22% and 77% at Port of Manila.

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