Customs to implement new shipping system this month

Published October 11, 2019, 1:27 PM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Betheena Kae Unite 

The Bureau of Customs will soon know the contents of for­eign carriers ahead of its arrival in Philippine ports when it fully implements this month a trans­parency tool used by the World Customs Organization.

Bureau of Customs (MANILA BULLETIN)
Bureau of Customs (MANILA BULLETIN)

Following the pilot-testing of the WCO’s cargo targeting system (CTS) in Philippine ports since October 2, the Customs bureau announced it will fully implement the system on the third week of October.

“After the successful demon­stration and pilot testing, the Bu­reau of Customs is now ready to launch and use the WCO Cargo Targeting System, which will increase its capability to profile and target high-risk cargoes,” the bureau said in a statement.

The cargo targeting system is a tool for ad­vanced profiling of shipments before they arrive at any Philippine ports using the manifest data given by the shipping lines and airlines.

Under the system, the Customs bureau will require shipping lines to comply with mandated timelines for the submission of manifests.

The new system will require foreign carriers –sea vessels and aircraft — or their authorized agents to electroni­cally transmit cargo information in advance using manifest data for profiling, risk as­sessment, anti-terrorism, law enforcement, and other related purposes.

Assistant Commissioner Vincent Ma­ronilla said this will be the first time that the system will be fully-implemented in the country, covering all ports under the Customs bureau. The centralized system will be handled by the Intelligence Group of the bureau.

With its scheduled full implementation this month, Maronilla said, “there is no resistance from the shipping line” as this is a system recognized and practiced interna­tionally by more progressive countries.

“The system will allow us to have an advance information on the shipments that will also allow us to managed risks like potential security risks,” Maronilla added.

The system will enable the Customs bureau to perform a comprehensive and effective risk assessment of import, export, and transshipment cargo to identify high-risk shipments and to facilitate trade.

The move is part of the 10-Point Priority Program of the bureau to boost trade effi­ciency, while ensuring border security.