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BOC Collaborates with International Shipping Lines to Foster Trade Efficiency

July 29, 2023

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has taken a significant step to enhance revenue collection, streamline customs processes, and secure trade by partnering with the Association of International Shipping Lines (AISL). The partnership was formalized through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA ) on Data Sharing signed on July 21, 2023.

This collaboration aligns with the implementation of Customs Administrative Order No. 08-2019, which aims to generate non-traditional revenues through effective monitoring and management of overstaying containers. To achieve this, the BOC aimed to establish a web-based technology platform equipped with a centralized Information and Communications Technology (ICT) system.

As part of the MOA, the AISL will provide the BOC with access to its advanced technology platform known as the Automated Container Movement Monitoring System (ACMMS) and database. The ACMMS offers real-time information on container movements at all customs ports through a user-friendly dashboard. This includes crucial data such as the total number of containers discharged, loaded, overstaying containers, and container dwell time.

A notable feature of the ACMMS is its system-generated alert notification. The BOC will receive alerts when import containers approach a dwell time of seventy-six (76) calendar days from the date of arrival/discharge. This proactive notification allows the BOC to take necessary actions to prevent delays or violations, ensuring that import containers are re-exported within the required ninety (90) day period.

Commissioner Bienvenido Y. Rubio, a strong advocate of customs modernization, expressed his excitement about the potential benefits of the MOA. He believes that embracing digitalization will not only elevate the BOC to a world-class customs organization but also demonstrate the government’s commitment to efficiency and transparency.

“The partnership with AISL and the adoption of the Automated Container Movement Monitoring System is a testament to the kind of government we aspire to be – responsive, modern, and accountable,” Commissioner Rubio remarked.

With the approval of the Department of Finance (DOF), the joint effort between the BOC and AISL marks a significant milestone in their pursuit of a more efficient customs system. The implementation of the ACMMS is expected to streamline container monitoring and movement tracking across all customs ports.#

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