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BOC Engages in Joint Validation Visit with Hong Kong Customs to Advance Trade Facilitation Efforts

April 5, 2024

The delegation from the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Philippines comprises of key officials responsible for Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) matters, engaged in a Joint Validation Visit (JVV) with Hong Kong Customs which aims in advancing mutual recognition arrangements and bolstering trade facilitation efforts.

From March 19 to 21, 2024, Director Yasser Ismail A. Abbas of Imports and Assessment Service and District Collector Yasmin M. Obillos-Mapa of Port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport, along with other BOC delegates, discussed the intricacies of trade facilitation measures under the Hong Kong Authorized Economic Operator (HKAEO) Programme. Exploring operations at the air cargo terminal provided valuable insights into the practical application of customs procedures and promoted a thorough understanding of the program’s operational framework.

Furthermore, the collaborative efforts between the AEO teams of BOC Philippines and Hong Kong Customs culminated a joint venture between TE Connectivity HK Limited and Wilson Logistics Limited to further comprehend the security standards required for Programme accreditation. As both customs administrations work toward the completion of a Mutual Recognition Arrangement, the successful outcome of this visit represents a promising path towards increased cooperation, efficiency, and security in international trade.

Under the leadership of Commissioner Bienvenido Y. Rubio, this initiative showcases the BOC’s commitment to streamlining customs procedures, strengthening security measures, and promoting trade facilitation in accordance with best international practices.

Photo Courtesy of HKAEO Programme

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