BOC to speed up inspection of undervalued shipments

The Bureau of Customs has formed a group tasked to fast track inspection of all shipments alerted based on undervaluation.

In a statement, the BOC said the Special Inspection Team (SIT), was created through Customs Special Order No. 36-2017 signed by Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon that will conduct examination and submit reports for perishable goods within 24 hours, and for all other goods within 48 hours from the time of the issuance of the alert order.

According to Edward Dy Buco, deputy commissioner for Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group (AOCG), and Neil Estrella, director of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), the SIT is composed of officials and representatives from the CIIS, AOCG, Office of the District Collector, Special Studies and Project Development Committee, Port Operations Service and the Command Center.

The team will operate under the AOCG.

Also, SIT Coordinating Centers will serve as coordinating offices for all alerted and lifted shipments due to undervaluation, thereby shortening the inspection process.

The centers are situated in the Port of Manila and the Manila International Container Port to coordinate with arrastre operators.

On the other hand, the BOC is seeking the support of stakeholders, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) and Asian Terminals, Inc.  in improving trade facilitation and port operations in the country. (PNA)