By Betheena Unite
Representatives of importers and other stakeholders have been ordered to register with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) as part of its stricter watch over transactions.
The BOC is now requiring all representatives of stakeholders to register with the agency in compliance with Customs Administrative Order (CAO) No. 06-2019, which aims to tighten its watch over all those authorized to deal with the bureau.
Under Chapter 3, Section 1226 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, third parties are those who may be authorized to transact with the bureau on behalf of another person or entity such as private carriers, common carriers for transit cargoes freight forwarders, logistics providers, airline carriers, agents of shipping lines, consolidators, and other third parties dealing with the bureau in relation to importation and exportation.
According to the bureau, representatives who may be authorized to transact with the bureau on behalf of another person or entity “shall be treated equally as legitimate importers or consignees.”
The order also requires all third parties to maintain and make available records of transaction performed on behalf of the importer or consignee and exporter.
They are also required to report violations of customs law to the bureau and to cooperate during any investigation conducted by the BOC and to comply with its rules and regulations.
Interested third parties who are members of an organization duly accredited by concerned government agencies must also apply for registration with the Account Management Office or its equivalent office and provide the appropriate documents such as Proof of Membership in good standing, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Certificate of Registration, Mayor’s Permit, and other requirements as specified in an upcoming Customs Memorandum Order with an annual registration fee of P1,000.
Once their application is approved, a Certificate of Registration will be issued by the bureau which will be valid for one year from date of approval.
CAO No. 06-2019 shall take effect 30 calendar days after its publication in the bureau’s Official Gazette or a newspaper of national circulation.