Category Archives: Trade Policy & Procedures Simplification

The Networking Committee on Trade Policies and Procedures Simplification (NC-TPPS) shall recommend trade policies that would strengthen the export industry; simplify systems and procedures pertinent to export to reduce the (a) cost of doing business, ( b) processing time, (c) steps, (d) signatures and optimize the use of Information Technology.

EDC chairs the PNSW monitoring and oversight cluster 

Nominated to chair the Philippine National Single Window’s (PNSW) Monitoring and Oversight Cluster, the Export Development Council (EDC) shall oversee the coordination of the executive departments and agencies’ participation in and execution of the NSW. The cluster is made up of representatives from various agencies in charge of managing the policies, rules, and standards for approving or granting licenses for the importation and exportation of commodities free from duties and taxes.
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IRIS Paoay shifts US voyage to intra-Asia service

Royal Cargo announces IRIS Paoay’s shift of US voyage to intra-Asia service, calling from the Philippines to Thailand and VietNam.

The IRIS Paoay is the first Philippine-flagged ship to sail directly in 30 years, and it has been catering long-haul exports to the US since its maiden voyage on September 23, 2021.

IRIS Logistics made a valorous effort to go long-haul in response to the call of the exporters at the height of shipping woes brought about by the pandemic. However, the current situation will no longer be feasible for IRIS to go to the US on their 5th voyage as the exports they shipped in the first sailings are still mostly in Los Angeles warehouses and could not be delivered inland due to lack of trucking services and congested rail service. Continue reading IRIS Paoay shifts US voyage to intra-Asia service

Bills creating the transportation safety board gets a veto from PBBM

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. (PBBM) vetoed bills institutionalizing the Philippine Transportation Safety Board (PTSB).

The President dismissed the House Bill No. 9030 and Senate Bill No. 1077 – the  bills creating PTSB – as it was deemed to duplicate the functions of the  Department of Transportation (DOTr) as well as the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
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BOC launches iDeclare to ease services at the airport

The Bureau of Customs launched iDeclare to add its newest addition to its modern systems and innovations for more convenient and faster customs services at the airport.

Effectively on April 29, 2022, Customs Administrative Order No. 01-2017 outlined the clearance procedures for air and sea travelers. Together with CMO No. 11-2022, it provided guidelines for the electronic implementation of the said CAO. Continue reading BOC launches iDeclare to ease services at the airport

EDC forges BOC and DTI-EMB Memorandum Agreement

The Export Development Council (EDC) forges the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Department of Trade and Industry-Export Marketing Bureau (DTI-EMB) to ink a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to strengthen the partnership in enhancing trade facilitation and further support the development of the export industry. DOF Secretary Sonny Domiguez and DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez are both optimistic on the agreement.

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ARTA launches e-ARTA Complaints Management System

The anti-red tape watchdog officially launched e-ARTA Complaints Management System, the first of its kind in the Philippine government. The launch of the said online platform was the agency’s approach to digitize its services and make them more accessible and convenient to the public. It features an a) electronic ticketing system; b) paperless complaint filing; c) cloud storage for backup; and d) SMS notification for complaints. Continue reading ARTA launches e-ARTA Complaints Management System

PH gears up the ATA Carnet implementation to boost economic recovery

The Philippines gears up the ATA Carnet implementation to boost economic recovery. The  Carnet System grants temporary admission of goods with relief from duties and taxes, simplifying Customs processes. It will particularly benefit the industries in the Tourism Sector, i.e., Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE), in cost reduction and simplification of processes for ease of doing business. 
 
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) issued the rules and regulations implementing the system, including the National Issuing and Guaranteeing Association (NIGA) appointment and its duties through CAO 2-2022. Guidelines on the temporary admission include the, i.e., validity period, security and issuance of the Carnets, guarantee and liability of the appointed NIGA, re-exportation rules, payment of claim and refund, goods eligible, and termination of temporary admission following the mandates under the Istanbul Convention. 
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New regulations to be implemented on food product exports to China

China heightened food safety management measures through the issuance of the General Administration of Customs of China (GACC) Decree nos. 248 and 249. Overseas producers of food exports to China shall abide by these regulations to obtain GACC certification. This means “No GACC certificate, No import to China”. This said policy will be implemented on 01 January 2022.

Overseas manufacturers, processors, and storage facilities must register with the Chinese authorities to get the certification and have an approved registration number with 5 years validity. The registration number must be indicated on the transport and sales unit packaging of the food products for exports to China.
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Senate concurs Convention on Temporary Admission ‘ATA Carnet System’

The Senate concurred the ratification of the Convention on Temporary Admission (CTA), also known as the ATA Carnet System, on 08 November 2021.  Resolution no. 128 was adopted, having 22 out of the 24 Senators voted in favorably for its concurrence.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will deposit the Instrument of Accession to the  ATA and Istanbul Convention. This will then make the Philippines, the 88th member-state of the Carnet family.  Continue reading Senate concurs Convention on Temporary Admission ‘ATA Carnet System’

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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