BOC facilitates ASEAN trade through e-CO

Transactions at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) is expected to be faster and easier, without prejudice to its quality and accuracy in terms of computations for dutiable values, if there are any,  with Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero’s issuance of Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) No, 15-2019 on March 18, 2019.

The order, which provides the guidelines for the application, submission, and processing of all Electronic Certificates of Origin (e-CO) through ‪ will facilitate the acceptance of e-CO among the ASEAN Member States (AMS) practically paperless, and pursuant to the protocol on the legal framework to implement the ASEAN Single Window (PLF) and the amended ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA) Operational Certification Procedure.

According to Guerrero, with ATIGA’s goal to achieve free and faster flow of goods among the 10-member nations of the ASEAN Region,, the granting of zero or reduced tariff rates on certain good originating from  ASEAN countries will not only help boost the creation of an ASEAN single market, but it will also help strengthen an economically integrated ASEAN Region.

“While duties and taxes are important for the nation’s economy, as a signatory to trade agreements and in compliance to global trade rules and trends, the electronic processing of certificate of origin will get us in the loop of the  global trade network.” Guerrero said, adding that “We should not be left behind in the global trade trend.”

The preferential tariff rate of duty is being granted to certain goods originating from an AMS, following the ATIGA’s Rules of Origin and Operational Certification Procedure (OCP), and upon presentation of a document called Certificate of Origin (CO) Form D, which certifies that the goods originated from AMS.

Following the Philippines’ ratification of the PLF and the amendment of the ATIGA OCP, the Philippines, the country was connected to the gateway of the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) to allow the electronic transmission and acceptance of cross border documents, starting with the electronic Certificate of Origin or e-ATIGA Form D.

The Philippines was connected to the ASW through, the new National Single Window (NSW) developed and established by the Department of Finance’s Inter-Agency Business Process Interoperability (DOF-IABPI) and Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT). is the online portal where the automated licensing, permit, clearance and certification systems of Trade Regulatory Government Agencies are integrated. It was designed as the official government system for electronic exchange of data on trade between and among various Philippine government agencies on one hand, and between the Philippines and other countries on the other.

TRadeNet will be tested live in certain BOC major ports such as the Port of Manila, Manila International Container Port and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. The testing will be reviewed per stage.

“Our objective in implementing this measure is to facilitate the transmission of e-CO for export products and the receipt of e-CO for imported products using available technologies and international best practices, in compliance with the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA),”Guerrero said. 

The CMO will take effect 15 days after its publication on 21 March 2019 in a newspaper with general circulation. #

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