PH Customs starts enforcing shorter goods lodgement declaration

The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) has begun implementing on June 15 the seven-day period for lodgement of goods declaration.

BOC spokesperson and Manila International Container Port (MICP) district collector Atty. Erastus Sandino Austria, in a text message to Asia Customs & Trade on June 14, said the customs bureau is implementing Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 27-2019, “as instructed by the commissioner.”

He said stakeholders with questions on implementation, especially on the availment of the provisional goods declaration, may reach BOC “through the collection districts.”

Chamber of Customs Brokers, Inc. (CCBI) president Adones Carmona, in a phone interview with Asia Customs & Trade on June 14, said he has encouraged CCBI members to comply with the policy. He added customs brokers can always seek help from the chamber if BOC disallows availment of the provisional goods declaration. CCBI had earlier agreed to the shorter period for goods lodgement declaration provided the BOC allowed provisional goods declaration.

CMO 27-2019, dated June 3 and signed on June 4 by Customs commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, implements the shortened period for lodging of goods declaration-seven days from the date of discharge of the last package from the vessel or aircraft from the previous 15 days. The new order also provides instructions on provisional goods declaration.

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