BOC rolls out E-TRACC system for containerized cargo at Mariveles

Published December 18, 2020, 3:25 PM

by Betheena Unite

A subport of the Port of Limay has activated its own electronic tracking of containerized cargo system (E-TRACC) that enables tracking of cargoes using GPS, the Bureau of Customs announced Friday.


The Subport of Mariveles started utilizing E-TRACC on December 10 in order to track the real-time location and status of containers after being released from the ports to accredited cold storage.

The system, which is implemented by the bureau covering all its ports nationwide, ensures that no deviation from their supposed route is done.

E-TRACC system is a web-based platform that can generate real-time information to monitor the movement and location of containers using GPS-enabled customs seal. The technology sends alarm to the port for any deviation from normal routes, unauthorized trips, and tampering of seals.

The implementation of this program is pursuant to Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 04-2020, “Establishment of an Electronic Tracking of Containerized Cargo System (E-TRACC System) and Accreditation of a Service Provider for the Purpose.”

It is also a part of the Bureau of Customs’ program on automation of systems and procedures.

During the first trip using the system, the container with electronic customs seal arrived at the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB), Mariveles, Bataan from the Port of Subic. The official unsealing of the E-TRACC device was done by Lindo Buenafe, the trade control examiner of Subport of Mariveles.

An actual demonstration on how to properly disarm the GPS-enabled E-TRACC device and request for a manual authorization of end trip was also conducted by Jan Billy Crom of Ascent Solutions, the authorized service provider of the E-TRACC System.

The event was spearheaded by Port of Limay District Collector Guillermo Pedro Francia IV together with Subport Collector Tomas Tagra Jr., Deputy Collector for Operations Lorecel Ibanez and representatives from the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan.