Custom Accreditation Guidelines Revised in the Philippines: What are They?
The Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) has new accreditation requirements for importers.
The Import Documents Required for Philippine Shipments are:
- Duly endorsed Bill of Lading or Airway Bill. On the other hand, you can also have a certification from the carrier or the vessel’s agent.
- If necessary, the Certificate of Origin.
- Letter of Credit, Commercial Invoice, or other verifiable commercial documents as evidence of payment.
- Packing list.
- Proof of Payment or Sales Contract (if the declared value is less than the National Value Verification System (NVSS) reference values. The NVSS is the BOC Assessment Officer’s internal tool to check the importation’s declared value, which is to be checked against the correct reference values.
Documents that might be required by the rules and regulations, like:
- Clearance or Import Permit, if it is a regulated commodity
- Authority needed to release Imported Goods
- Advance Ruling copy if it was in declaring goods
- Load Port Survey Reports or Discharge Port Survey Reports needed for bulk or breakbulk importations
- If applicable, the document that serves as evidence of exemption from taxes and duties
- Tax credit certificate or tax debit memo in case they are applicable
Online Account Registration
The interested stakeholders that want accreditation can register for an account online at the BOC Portal – client.customs.gov.ph.
After the confirmation, the stakeholder could open a ticket using the same platform and then upload the essential documents for accreditation.
An AMO team will get the application forms from the main hub and then the customer care department. After that, these documents will be routed so they can be checked, evaluated, and approved.
More About Registration
Applicants may check the application status online and will get a notice after the activation of their CPRS.
They will also get an accreditation certificate after the account activation once it has passed approval.
If not online, the documents should be given to the Bureau of Customs’ Formal Entry Division (FED) or the unit equivalent to it. Together with the SAD printout that has the declarant’s signature and broker, before notarization.
The regulated commodities will only pass importation after they have secured a goods declaration, licenses, clearances, other requirements. The submission of the requirements after the goods have arrived, but before its release from the custody of the BOC will be allowed, but only in situations provided by the governing regulations or laws. The Regulated Import Commodities laws and the agencies that administer them are available on the Philippine National Trade Repository (PNTR) website. This website also has information about import procedures and documents required for Regulated Commodities.
The aim of the BOC is to modernize and digitize all transactions even more to remove any opportunities that make it possible for graft and corruption to happen, dramatically make trade facilitation better, improve the protection of borders, and helping to contain any threats that can affect the trade.
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