BOC Launches National Customs Enforcement Network System

The Bureau of Customs, through the Risk Management Office (RMO), held the Ceremonial launching of the National Customs Enforcement Network (nCEN) System at the OCOM Conference Room on March 26, 2021.

The launching was in line with the implementation of CMO 8-2021 or the Guidelines on the utilization of the National Customs Enforcement Network (nCEN) System of the World Customs Organization (WCO) which took effect on February 8, 2021.

The event was attended by BOC Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, Ms. Agnieszka Bielatko, Senior Technical Officer of Customs Enforcement Network (CEN) of the WCO and all other BOC offices who will take part in maintaining the nCEN database.

During her remarks, Bielatko proudly shared the Philippines contribution to the NCEN Project.

“There is one additional development in the NCEN which I’m really glad about. This development was initiated by colleagues from the Philippines. During one of our virtual meetings with the customs  officers involved in the NCEN project, we discussed the idea of uploading the NCEN cases to an  offline component. With the suggestion from a colleague of the Bureau of Customs, we manage to help the local NCEN users to upload the  data while offline, thus, global users will greatly benefit from this new development”, Bielatko said.

The nCEN and global CEN data will aid the Bureau in further developing countermeasures to combat smuggling and other forms of customs fraud. The database will ultimately help to efficiently gather credible intelligence information and generate accurate analysis that will significantly contribute to the quality of service that the Bureau of Customs can provide to national and global counterparts.

The Risk Management Office serves as the National Contact Point (NCP) for NCEN Philippines and shall be responsible in data sharing with the Global Customs Enforcement Network and will oversee the maintenance of the database of all smuggling cases, seizures and offenses, suspicions, and related data of consignees uploaded in NCEN for risk assessment. To date, 2,196 seizure cases were uploaded in the nCEN database which can be utilized for analysis of illicit trade and necessary for identifying trends applied in enforcement.

This launching of the NCEN in the Bureau of Customs, along with other BOC modernization projects, will continuously empower the Bureau in strengthening border security and in delivering a modernized and credible customs administration which is among the world’s best.