By Betheena Unite
Over 5,800 shipments of essential medical supplies like personal protective gears have been released from the Bureau of Customs after it implemented a faster processing of goods to boost the campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 5,885 shipments were released from the Customs bureau from March 9 to April 7, recent data from the agency showed.
To expedite the release and movement of essential medical and food supply from the to the hospitals and communities that need these urgently, the customs bureau has fast-tracked the processing such shipments. Tax and duty exemption have also been granted to importations of medical supplies.
The customs bureau has urged importers and consignees to immediately pull out their shipments from the ports to avoid port congestion.
“The management information system and technology group is currently working overtime to restore functionality and stability of the bureau’s system,” it said in an advisory.
The bureau will make the necessary adjustments on the processing time of the affected entries and customs processing will continue during the Holy Week.