By Betheena Unite
Lodgement and filing of goods declaration can now be made within 15 days to ease up Customs processes for importers during the enhanced community quarantine.
This after the Bureau of Customs (BOC) suspended the seven-day period for such.
“At any time during the declaration of enhanced community quarantine, lodgement and filing of goods declaration may be made within fifteen days from the date of discharge of last package,” the bureau said in an advisory Saturday.
The period to file goods declaration may, however, be extended for another 15 days on valid grounds upon request, which may be done personally or online by opening a Ticket at the Customer Care Portal System (CCPS) at client.customs.gov.ph.
The order shall cover shipments with date of discharge of last package starting March 10the , bureau said.
The extended lodgement period, the BOC emphasized, will ensure delivery of public service with due observance to physical distancing policy and other preventive health measures.
The interagency task force directed all corresponding importers, consignees, truckers, shipping lines and concerned government regulators like the BOC, Philippine Ports Authority, Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Agriculture, including its bureaus and attached agencies, to address the disruptions to the supply chain and withdraw immediately all refrigerated containers as well as dry vans.