PH trial exchange of ASEAN customs declaration document set this month

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  • The Philippines, together with four other ASEAN member states, will conduct this month an end-to-end testing of the electronic exchange of the ASEAN Customs Declaration Document (ACDD)
  • Once all parameters have been approved by ASEAN, the Philippines may start exchanging live ACDD data through the ASEAN Single Window by December 2021
  • BOC said the electronic exchange of ACDD supports the customs authority in the importing country to carry out risk management activities
  • It benefits participating exporters by reducing customs clearance time for their shipments

The Philippines, together with four other Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states, will conduct this month an end-to-end testing of the electronic exchange of the ASEAN Customs Declaration Document (ACDD) before it joins the live operation in December.

This follows the country’s successful preliminary activities and connectivity testing for the electronic exchange of ACDD, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said in a statement.

During the ACDD end-to-end testing period, the Philippines, together with Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Laos, and Vietnam, will conduct two test cycles to be monitored by the ASEAN Secretariat.

Once all parameters have been approved by ASEAN, the Philippines may start exchanging live ACDD data in the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) production environment by December 2021.

The ACDD is a multipurpose document used to facilitate the exchange of export declaration information among ASEAN member states. The ASW, on the other hand, is the regional initiative to speed up cargo clearance and promote regional economic integration by enabling the electronic exchange of border documents among the 10 ASEAN member states.

In December 2020, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Singapore began exchanging the ACDD through the ASW, followed by Malaysia and Thailand from March 31, 2021. The remaining ASEAN member states are expected to join the live operation within 2021.

BOC said the electronic ACDD supports the customs authority in the importing country to carry out their risk management activities.

The pilot electronic exchange aims to benefit participating exporters by reducing customs clearance time for shipments which are supported by the ACDD and imported into exchange-ready ASEAN member states.

Moreover, BOC said it will broaden economic integration, support the digitization of BOC processes, and maximize the potential of intra-ASEAN trade.

Last August, BOC said it completed bidding for its ACDD System. This will enable the Philippines to electronically exchange ACDD on the ASW and help the country digitize trade processes and maximize the potential of intra-ASEAN trade.

READ: Bid process completed for ASEAN customs declaration system

Philippine exporters can already exchange electronic certificates of origin with other ASEAN member states. BOC and other government agencies are also working to onboard trade regulatory government agencies to TradeNet, the country’s national single window. A requisite to interconnect with the ASW, TradeNet allows online application for import and export permits.