Starting January 11, 2021, Philippine exporters and customs brokers must input vessel registry number in the e-copy of the export single administrative document (SAD)
The new policy is in line with implementation of the online release system for export declaration, and aims to prevent double lodgment of goods declaration and monitor export entries for errors
The Bureau of Customs assigns a registry number for every vessel calling Philippine ports and this number can be provided to exporters and customs brokers by shipping lines and value-added service providers
Starting January 11, 2021, it will be mandatory for exporters and customs brokers to provide the vessel registry number in the electronic copy of the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) export single administrative document (SAD).
This is in line with implementation of the Online Release System (OLRS) for export declaration, according to a memo dated December 7 signed by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero.
The memo noted that from January 11 next year, an export SAD lodged without the registry number will not be accepted in the electronic-to-mobile (E2M) System system.
Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group (AOCG) deputy commissioner Atty. Edward James Dy Buco, in AOCG Memo No. 237-2020 dated November 23, said making the registry number a mandatory field for export declarations is intended to prevent double lodgment of goods declaration.
It is also to enable the agency to “effectively monitor export entries in relation to Customs Administrative Order (CAO) No. 01-2020 re: Fines and Surcharges for Clerical Errors, Misdeclaration, Misclassification and Undervaluation.”
BOC assigns a registry number for every vessel calling Philippine ports. Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. president Adones Carmona told PortCalls that exporters and customs brokers can get the registry number from shipping lines and value-added service providers.
BOC’s E2M system generates and transmits online release instruction to the temporary storage facility through the OLRS for final release of cargo. For export cargoes, the OLRS is generated together with the Authority to Load and after payment of documentary stamp fee.
Last September, BOC also required the province of origin in export declarations as a mandatory field in export declarations as requested by the Philippine Statistics Authority “for statistical data purposes.” – Roumina Pablo