BOC vows round-the-clock shipment processing

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday, June 6, said it will adhere to President Marcos' directive to implement around-the-clock shipment processing nationwide.

The BOC has affirmed to coordinate with all supply chain stakeholders to achieve a seamless 24/7 operation.

“This includes shipping lines, arrastre operators, terminal operators, warehouse facilities, financial institutions, and the trucking industry,” the bureau said in a statement.

These stakeholders play a vital role in ensuring efficient cargo release, encompassing stages such as pre-customs, customs proper, and post-customs processing stages.

“The synchronization of operations among these stakeholders is essential to minimize delays and ensure the swift processing and release of cargoes, contributing to the overall efficiency of the supply chain,” it added.

The Customs said that it is confident in achieving uninterrupted processing of imports, with the commitment of all parties involved, as envisioned by the president.

The bureau has also initiated various digitalization efforts, developing and implementing systems and projects to streamline customs processes, secure trade, and improve overall efficiency.

Marcos issued the order after the Private Sector Advisory Council’s (PSAC) recommendation that the BOC and Department of Agriculture have round-the-clock shipping operations to allow continuous inspection, clearance, and payment processes, reducing costs and time.

Present during the meeting with the chief executive were PSAC Strategic Convenor Sabin Aboitiz, president and chief executive officer of the Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc.; along with PSAC members Enrique Razon, Manuel Pangilinan, Eric Ramon Recto, Joanne de Asis, Ramoncito Fernandez, Rogelio Singson, Christian Gonzalez and Daniel Aboitiz.