The Bureau of Customs (BOC) prepares the PH live exchange of the ASEAN Customs Declaration Document (ACDD) by December 2021, via the TradeNet. The completion of the ACDD system’s bidding process received concurrence from the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) on 05 August 2021. BOC is now crafting a national master data plan with the USAID ASEAN Policy Implementation (API) Project Team for Interoperability.
The ACDD expedites cargo clearance preventing additional cost and reducing procedural time in processing the Exporters’ consignments. It facilitates the exchange of export declarations containing data that would aid the importing country in identifying and managing export risks.
Cambodia, Myanmar, and Singapore have started operationalizing ACDD in December 2020, followed by Malaysia and Thailand in March 2021. For now, Philippine exporters can exchange electronic Certificate of Origin (e-CO) among ASEAN Member States (AMS) via the TradeNet.
The ASEAN Single Window (ASW) Steering Committee gears up including more Customs Document to be exchanged electronically in the ASW, as follows: Phytosanitary Certificate (e-Phyto); Animal Health Certificate (e-AH); and Food Safety Certificate (e-FS). These developments enhance the AMS’ Trading Across Border performances. –MRJ