Exporters must indicate in export declaration province of origin of shipments
Order covers all export declarations, including those for shipments coming from Freeport zones
Stating the province of origin of export shipments is now mandatory when filling out the export declaration, according to the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
The requirement took effect on September 21 through Management Information System and Technology Group Memo No. 12-2020, BOC Export Coordinating Division’s Salvador Seletaria, Jr. said.
According to the order, the province of origin, or Box 26 in the single administrative document (SAD), is a mandatory field to fill in export declarations under the agency’s Electronic-to-Mobile System.
The order covers all export declarations, including shipments coming from Freeport zones.
Seletaria said putting in the province of origin was requested by the Philippine Statistics Authority “for statistical data purposes.”
He added the requirement will also make it easy for BOC to ascertain the origin of export shipments should issues arise, since the address usually provided by exporters is their office address and not the place where their products are manufactured.
Seletaria bared the new requirement in an October 27 presentation at a webinar hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry’s Export Marketing Bureau. – Roumina Pablo