FOURTEEN priority provisions under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) have been selected by the Department of Finance (DOF) and its attached agency, the Bureau of Customs (BOC), as subjects of weekly public consultations until December.
Feedback from the hearings will be used as a guide in drafting the new law’s implementing rules and regulations (IRR).
The provisions were selected based on what the DOF and BOC think are topics that require urgent implementation, Finance Assistant Secretary Denise Marie Riesa-Culangin said during a recent public consultation on the CMTA IRR recently.
Culangin noted, however, it does not mean other provisions of the new law are not to undergo public consultations.
The priority provisions are that pertain to:
• de minimis
• advance ruling system
• alert orders and risk management in customs control
• customs bonded warehousing system
• post clearance audit
• balikbayan boxes
• conditionally tax and duty-exempt importation by balikbayans, returning residents, and overseas Filipino workers;
• duty drawback, refund and abatement
• treatment of different types of stores, clearance of postal items, travelers, and baggage processing
• entry lodgment and cargo clearance process
• abandonment kinds and effects
• Authorized Economic Operator scheme
• dispute settlement and process
• export cargo clearance and issuance of rules of origin
The BOC also created groups and designated the chairperson for each to handle topics or provisions.
The publication of a draft Customs administrative order (CAO) per topic or provision will be every Thursday starting August 25, and the deadline for submission of position papers and holding public consultations will be on the seventh calendar day after the posting of the draft CAO.
The final CAO for every topic or provision will be posted 21 calendar days after public hearing for administrative orders without substantive changes, and 30 calendar days after public hearing for administrative orders with substantive changes.
Culangin said a dedicated CMTA page on DOF’s website will be the primary mode of communication between DOF, BOC, and stakeholders.
All invites, notices, public consultation materials, guidelines and templates, legal references, drafts, as well as final CAOs will be posted on the site.
Republic Act (RA) 10863 or CMTA was signed into law on May 30, 2016.
It amends the outdated Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines with the aim of modernizing Customs rules and procedures for faster trade, reduced opportunities for corruption, enhanced Customs service delivery, and improved supply chain.
It complies with the country’s commitment to submit to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures, or the Revised Kyoto Convention, which the Philippines acceded to in 2010.