Philippines


Customs ramps up modernization projects to complement shift to ‘new normal’

The Customs bureau said on May 6, Wednesday, that it “will implement more Information and Communications Technology projects that will speed up trade, strengthen border security and protect government revenues” as the country grapples against the pandemic. The bureau bared that preparations to improve various ICT projects under its modernization goal are underway. Currently, the bureau is working on the stabilization of the E2M system, which will be replaced...

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BOC releases PPEs for medical frontliners

MANILA, Philippines – Nearly 5,000 shipments of personal protective equipment (PPEs) for frontliners addressing the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis have been released from ports by the Bureau of Customs (BOC). Information from the BOC Public Information Office on Friday showed that a total of 4,669 shipments of PPEs have arrived in the country from March 9 until April 2. All of these shipments have already been released. On April...

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D.T.I. still hopes to get Thailand to heed W.T.O. ruling on cigarettes

D.T.I. still hopes to get Thailand to heed W.T.O. ruling on cigarettes

By Samuel P. Medenilla Dec 5 2019 / Business Mirror THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Wednesday announced it will be making a last-ditch effort this month to persuade Thailand, to recognize the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling invalidating Thai customs and fiscal measures on cigarettes from Manila. Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said he will personally write a letter this month to his Thai counterpart ,hoping this will convince...

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Trade, tech issues seen to shape Asean’s future

By Bernadette D. Nicolas Nov 7 2019 / BusinessMirror FIFTY-TWO years ago, the founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) fought the embers of communism across Asia. Today, Asean is confronting another “FIRe,” the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution. The FIRe is being seen as a tool that Asean needs to comprehend, brace for and harmonize if its member-states want a stronger regional economic integration via the...

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Bureau of Customs launches tracking system for parcels

Bureau of Customs launches tracking system for parcels

The Parcel and Balikbayan Box Tracking System provides updates about the parcel or balikbayan box as it goes through the different stages of customs clearance. By Teresa Umali Nov 6 2019 / In Economy Digital Transformation News Philippines OPENGOV The Philippines’ Bureau of Customs (BOC) recently launched the Parcel and Balikbayan Box Tracking System (PBTS) as part of the Bureau’s drive to promote transparency and ease of doing business....

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More smuggled pork seized at Manila port

More smuggled pork seized at Manila port

Oct 30 2019 / CNN Philippines Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 30) — Authorities seized smuggled pork products worth around ₱3.5 million at the Port of Manila (POM) Wednesday. A statement from the Bureau of Customs-POM stated that two container trucks from China arrived at South Harbor on October 8, and were misdeclared as seasonings and tomato paste. The containers were consigned to JRA & Pearl Enterprises and processed...

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South Korea and Indonesia Agree Trade Deal

Oct 16 2019 / The Marine Times Executive South Korea and Indonesia have reached a preliminary trade deal equivalent to a free trade agreement but also including broader economic cooperation. The agreement is expected to help boost trade between the two nations by nearly 50 percent by 2022. The move is part of South Korea’s on-going efforts to expand exports in the region and comes after a five-year break...

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Silver lining in the cloud

By Bernadette D. Nicholas Sep 29 2019 / BusinessMirror Like it or not, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing the world of work, and the public sector—like the Philippines’s Bureau of Customs—is following the lead of private business in adopting cloud computing for more efficient services. MORE and more people from the public and private sectors are now shifting to cloud technology for its security—ironically the same main reason...

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Plastic Waste Piles Up as Indonesia’s Import Crackdown Backfires

By Viriya Singgih Aug 2 2019 / Bloomberg Indonesia’s crackdown on waste imports is backfiring with its plastic recycling industry in disarray and hundreds of containers of used materials clogging its ports. Authorities ordered close scrutiny of trash imports after random inspections in May led to the discovery of more than 80 containers of illegal waste from the U.S., Australia and Europe. About 1,000 containers are now waiting for...

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Group seeks recall of BOC order allowing operation of unlicensed brokers

By Rea Cu July 16 2019/ BusinessMirror AN order by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) allowing non-Customs brokers to practice the profession has been described by the Chamber of Customs Brokers Inc. (CCBI) as “unfair and degrading” to professional customs brokers. In a letter obtained by the BusinessMirror, the CCBI wrote to Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero requesting for the recall of Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 34-2019. “It...

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