Marcos orders single electronic invoicing system for all imported goods to improve inspection

President Marcos has ordered the implementation of a single electronic invoicing system for all imported commodities to improve the inspection of all goods coming into the country.

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Marcos made the directive through Administrative Order No. 23, which also creates the Committee for Pre-border Technical Verification and Cross- border Electronic Invoicing.

It aims to expedite the inspection of all imported goods entering the country and further strengthen national security, safeguard consumers' rights, and protect the environment against sub-standard and dangerous imported goods, Marcos said.

“A single electronic invoicing system controlled by the Philippine Government is necessary to effectively monitor international trade transactions of all imported goods,” the AO, which was signed on May 13 by Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, stated.

According to the AO, the committee shall be composed of the secretary of Finance as the chairperson, with the secretaries of Agriculture, Trade, Energy, Health, Environment, and Information Communications Technology serving as members.

Other members include the Bureau of Customs (BOC) commissioner, director general of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and two non-voting representatives from duly recognized industry associations to be appointed by the chairperson upon recommendation of the committee.

The BOC, as the primary government entity responsible for implementing customs procedures, is implementing the electronic invoicing system in accordance with the government’s strategic direction and policy guidance, international trade standards, and existing laws and regulations.

The provisions of the order shall be applied to all imported commodities in three phases: Phase one for agricultural goods; phase two, non-agricultural goods with health and safety issues; and phase three, other goods with misdeclaration to avoid duties and taxes.

Republic Act No. 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act directs the state to develop and implement programs for the continuous enhancement of customs systems and processes.