BOC Activates E-TRACC Monitoring Center
In pursuance of Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) campaign to enhance border security and cargo monitoring with the use of modern technology, the Bureau through the guidance of BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero to the Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) activated on September 23, 2020 the E-TRACC Monitoring Center.
Implemented by Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 04-2020 which further implements Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 15-2019 in relation to Sections 1418 to 1421 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), the E-TRACC system also known as Electronic Tracking of Containerized Cargo System enables container tracking via GPS trackers attached by the Piers Inspection Division of the Ports.
The E-TRACC monitoring center is a state-of-the-art facility that shall serve as the central monitoring hub that will enable nationwide tracking of container cargoes. Manned by a team of ESS personnel, the Monitoring Center can track the real-time location and status of containers thus ensuring that no deviation from their supposed route is done. Once affixed, the trackers are immediately activated, and information can already be monitored by E-TRACC Monitoring Center.
Tasked with enforcing Customs rules and regulations, the ESS is optimistic that the E-TRACC Monitoring Center can help in enforcement efficiency as well as provide invaluable information in the conduct of investigation and apprehension. The ESS further warns that any attempt to tamper with the GPS trackers is punishable by law both civilly and criminally.
With the advancement of technology, the Bureau of Customs remains committed in its efforts towards better enforcement and security in line with BOC Commissioner Guerrero’s thrust to combat smuggling.