The Bureau of Customs (BOC) temporarily suspends the Automated Bonds Management System (ABMS) implementation on transit shipments under CMO 30-2020 from 15 March 2021 up to 04 April 2021.
CMO 30-2020 applies to all Transit Bond Accounts opened under the electronic-to-mobile (E2M) Customs System in all Collection Districts, including sub-ports and other BOC offices.
This policy deferment was adopted to avoid further delays in the delivery of raw materials needed for export. The Value-Added Service Providers (VASPs) encountered system glitches wherein transit shipments bound for PEZA zones cannot be seen in the system to be tagged “ARRIVED” as it reaches the zone.
BOC-MISTG reiterated that only tagging of transit shipments and checking of bonds filed under Transit Single Administrative Document (TSAD) were suspended. Lodgment and processing of bonds through the ABMS continues. BOC affirms to examine and approve bond applications through the system for proper charging and manual flow back.
The ABMS is a bureau-wide system for processing bond transactions pursuant to CMO No. 14-2012. It monitors and ages bond balances and flags those that have matured. It also implements the General Transport Surety Bond (GTSB) in all Customs Ports.
Additionally, BOC issued a memorandum dated 08 March 2021, augmenting Customs Personnel in PEZA offices to ensure immediate tagging of shipments that arrived in their jurisdiction. Also, a refreshable file will be done with VASPs on importers bonds account which the stakeholders will be given access for viewing, monitoring, and guidance. -MRJ