EDC and BOC Strengthen Collaboration to Streamline Customs and Boost Trade

The Export Development Council (EDC) has bolstered its collaboration with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and its consultative bodies, the Central Customs Industry Consultative and Advisory Council (CICAC) and BOC – Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) CICAC, to streamline customs processes and enhance partnerships between the government and private stakeholders. CICAC acts as a bridge between the BOC and the business-industrial sector, addressing customs and industry-related issues, promoting mutual understanding, and strengthening relationships.

The BOC emphasized its commitment to driving positive change and advancing mutual interests in customs and trade. During the BOC-NAIA CICAC Meeting held on May 23, 2024, chaired by BOC District Collector Atty. Yasmin Obillos-Mapa, committee members signed a Manifesto of Support. This manifesto underscored their commitment to combating smuggling and highlighted their accomplishments in border security.

Deputy Executive Director Elsa De La Paz-Valenzuela addressed questions about the implementation of the ATA Carnet System, reaffirming the EDC’s commitment to simplifying customs procedures for the temporary importation of goods. She emphasized EDC’s dedication to overcoming implementation challenges through close cooperation with the BOC and other stakeholders.

Following the CICAC_NAIA Meeting was the first BOC Central CICAC General Assembly hosted by the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) on May 27, 2024, at the Federation Center in Binondo, Manila. Chaired by BOC Commissioner Bienvenido Y. Rubio, the meeting was attended by 17 District CICACs and various trade industry leaders.
Key discussion points included:

  • The schedule of activities for the ATA Carnet implementation includes a grand launch set for July 15, 2024, and training sessions scheduled for June 18-19, 2024.
  • A forthcoming final resolution on lifting the suspension of customs brokers.
  • Concerns regarding the implementation of Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 02-2024, related to customs dues, fees, and charges.
  • Strategies to reduce the cost of cargo clearance in the Philippines to attract foreign investors.

The EDC remains dedicated to fostering collaboration and driving improvements in the customs and trade environment. Through active participation in these consultative meetings, the EDC aims to streamline processes, enhance transparency, and support the growth of the export industry in the Philippines. AGPM

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