New BOC imports list takes effect April


THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) will implement next month a master list of regulated imported products with corresponding requirements such as permits and clearances for compliance by importers and customs brokers, BOC Commissioner John Sevilla said on Friday.

He said it will be the first time the BOC will use a single reference list, as part of efforts to enhance transparency, and “it will be an offense for any customs official to ask for permits of products not on the list.”

“We are not trying to collect every single peso that we can. We’re trying to collect every single peso that is fair,” Sevilla told the National Competitive Council (NCC) Dialogue on “Understanding Customs’ Regulated Imports List.”

A final version of the Regulated Imports List can be downloaded at the BOC website customs. gov. ph on April 2. The BOC will implement the new list and its corresponding requirements on April 20.

The list contains more than 7,400 regulated products ranging from basic commodities like rice and sugar, vehicles, iron and steel products, oil and electronic goods. It specifies the pre-requisite documents to get Customs clearance, and links to regulating agencies.

Sevilla said he hoped the regulating agencies would review their rules and regulations on import clearances and permits “so we can have unified clearances for products that are presently require more than one permit to import.”

“This is the first time such a ‘bible’ for all regulated imports and their corresponding import requirements has ever been compiled.  This is truly a major step in improving the Customs process,” he said.

Sevilla said the list will be updated on a regular basis and he called on regulating agencies to inform the BOC at least one month in advance about changes in their import regulations.

“None of these are our rules. We are just enforcers,” Sevilla said. “The importers should discuss with regulatory agencies their concerns.”

Guillermo Luz, NCC Private Sector Co-Chairman, said the country needed transparency, predictability and consistency, which will benefit everybody.

“This is a collective effort from the business community and regulatory agencies. Collectively, if we execute this well, it will be our competitive advantage,” Luz said.


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  1. The BOC say they want transparency by issuing the so called bible of regulated product list.

    The BOC wanted to show the public that they are transparent, but they don’t inquire the business community if the list can affect import businesses even it some list are not practical at all. They just implement it according to their own timeline. And the list is not being studied at all if correct or not.

    Everything are just for show at the expense and hassle of importers. The BOC dont care about the burden in the importers even some products in the list are not necesarry at all.

  2. The BOC will released the finalized version of the regulated item list. Some products in the list require PNP import clearance which are not nitrates or chlorates products or nitric acid. Under EO 522 of Pres. Corazon Aquino, The chemicals referred to shall exclusively refer to chlorates, nitrates and nitric acid only.

    Agencies like PNP can only issue LTO and permit to importers and traders and require the end users to secure and permit to purchase also. What then will the importers do? Just stop importing? Because it is not practical for end users to get permit to purchase from PNP.

    These will cause major shortages of goods or products in the local market that require PNP import permit for products which are NOT either chlorates, nitrates or nitric acid.

    Will the importers just stop importing?

  3. The boc will released the finalized version of the regulated item list. Agencies like fda can only issue LTO 3months after application. What then will the importers do. Wait or stop importing.

  4. ernesto albay on

    If its truly TRANSPARENT with all the lists of regulated GOODS custom officials shall be honest enough to render SERVICE with transparency…

    With the X-RAY machine they have, they can easily determine. Any misdeclaration of good loaded in every container will lead to seizure and penalties. These will facilitate the movement of GOODS in the seaport and clogging of CONTAINERS…. If importers are not honest then they will know the RESULTS of their ACTIONS for non-compliance….

    They problems of the IMPORTERS is the CUSTOM OFFICIALS who are greedy and also some IMPORTERS are violators too that they tried to INFLUENCE these CUSTOM OFFICIALS to COMMIT UNLAWFUL acts…. Its the MANDATE of the secretary to implement these TRANSPARENCY and live within their MEANS …..