BOC clarified errors not fined under CAO 1-2020

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) allowed adjustments on minor errors, misdeclaration, or misclassification in the Export Declaration (ED) form without having to pay the fines.  A fee amounting to Php 5,000 per clerical error and 250% surcharge per misdeclaration or misclassification is still imposed if discrepancies in the ED are fraudulent.   BOC identified certain conditions that may not equate to an error provided that documentary evidence is present. Also, considering that the incorrect input of data in the ED is beyond the exporter’s control, as follows: 

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DOF-BOC-ARTA headways onboarding activities of the 18 priority agencies in TradeNet

The Department of Finance (DOF), Bureau of Customs (BOC), together with the Anti-red Tape Authority (ARTA) headways the onboarding activities of the eighteen (18) trade regulatory priority agencies in TradeNet; Six (6) of which were recently onboarded which include BAFS, SRA, FPA, EMB, NMIS and OMB. These agencies are still finalizing their module manuals, operational guidelines, and helpdesk in preparation for their live implementation. The TradeNet Steering Committee also pledged to include another twelve (12) agencies to onboard by September 2021.  

BOC prepares PH Live Exchange of the ASEAN Customs Declaration Document via TradeNet

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.

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EDC lauds DOF and BIR deferment of 12% VAT on indirect exports

EDC lauds the Department of Finance (DOF) and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on deferring the implementation of Revenue Regulation (RR) no. 9-2021, which levies 12% VAT on indirect exports pending issuance of an amendatory regulation. BIR will provide the transition process for those who already paid the 12% VAT while the RR was in effect from June 27 to July 21, 2021.

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BOC urges use of New Certificate of Origin Form D starting 16 June 2021

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) announced that exporters must use the new Certificate of Origin (CO) Form D starting on 16 June 2021. Exporters may access it at the BOC Customer Care Center (CCC) to process their export goods among ASEAN Member States (AMS). 

Further, informing stakeholders that starting 01 August 2021, the old CO Form D will no longer be accepted by the AMS. For more details, you may reach the BOC-Export Coordination Division at ecd@customs.gov.ph. – MRJ

BOC implements alternative Prepayment System in addition to PASS5

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) implements an alternative Prepayment System (BPS) to pay duties, taxes and other charges for all goods declaration lodged through the Electronic to Mobile (E2M) system. The BPS in compliance with the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), will only allow Exporters and importers to register an account for transaction payment purposes.  Funds in the said account cannot be withdrawn but can be transferred to other prepayment accounts of the same holder’s name. 

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Use of existing Broker’s prepaid accounts allowed until 15 June 2021

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) extends the use of existing prepaid accounts until 15 June 2021. Said account is used in paying duties, taxes, and other charges for all goods declaration lodged through the Electronic to Mobile (E2M) system. Accountholders are still allowed to deposit and consume balance in existing prepaid accounts within the said period. 

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Bareboat chartering possible to address lack of vessel spaces

Dr. Enrico Basilio, Chairman of the Export Development Council’s Networking Committee on Transport and Logistics (EDC-NCTL), called for support for bareboat chartering by the Filipino Shipowners Association (FSA) to address the issue of lack of vessel spaces.

Bareboat chartering is defined as leasing an entire vessel under an agreement whereby the lessor only provides the bare vessel. The vessel’s operation is not included in the lease; hence the charterer must arrange for the staffing of the Ship’s Captain and its crew.

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Duterte empowers streamlining initiatives by creating a Cabinet-Level Office to cut red tape

President Rodrigo Duterte created the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Streamlining of Government Process (OPASGP) through  Executive Order (EO) no. 129 signed 13 April 2021. Secretary Leoncio “Jun” Evasco Jr., as the newly appointed Presidential Adviser to streamline government processes will work closely with the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA). 

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