• Failure to renew permits to cost 6,748 brokers, importers

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    At least 6, 748 Customs brokers and importers who have failed to secure their accreditation permits from the Bureau of Customs will not be allowed to process their shipments and import entries, BOC spokesman Charo Logarta-Lagamon said on Friday.

    Lagamon added that only 8, 247 Customs brokers and importers renewed their accreditation permits from the total 14, 995 Customs broker and importers in the country.

    Thursday, July 31, was the last day for renewal.

    Lagamon said those who failed to beat the deadline will now be considered as new applicants since they were already enlisted in their system.

    The BOC official explained that they have to go through the process as new applicants and meet prerequisites.

    Logarta said the Customs bureau will no longer require proof of accreditation but the brokers and importers will have to present their “true broker certificate of clearance or importer certificate of clearance.”

    Brokers’ and importers’ shipments from abroad that will be stocked at the BOC for 30 days will be considered as abandoned cargos.

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