The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is gearing up for the country’s interconnection with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (Asean) single window system as the Asean integration nears.
[We] continue with the final phase of the National Single Window and eventually Asean Single Window [ASW] interconnection as we prepare for the Asean Economic Community 2015, Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina said in a speech during the general membership meeting of the Philippine Exporters Confederation Inc.
The ASW aims to have a single customs portal for Asean by interconnecting the single window of member-economies for easier and more efficient import and export processing in the region.
Asean now groups Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Cambodia.
To enhance transparency and connectivity, Lina said the bureau is pushing for further development of its information-technology infrastructure. He noted that relevant information and data are available online in the Customs web site, which include frequently asked questions on import and export transactions, tariff classification, basic duty computation and references, among others.
The commissioner further said they are continuously working toward facilitating, simplifying and harmonizing customs procedures and practices. We have already submitted our instrument accession to the Revised Kyoto Convention and we are waiting for Congress to pass the proposed bill on Customs Modernization and Tariff [CMTA]Â¦, he said. He stressed the CMTA, likewise, promotes mutually beneficial partnership between Customs authorities and the private sector.
Lina said the bureau has been initiating and implementing reforms to put forward a modern customs administration and to make a major contribution to the facilitation of international trade as part of the country’s commitment in the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agenda.