BOC revises rules on importer, broker accreditation

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Posted on May 26, 2014 10:37:50 PM

THE BUREAU of Customs (BoC) has revised its guidelines for the accreditation of importers and brokers, implementing a Department of Finance (DoF) order extending the deadline for the process while also providing transitory provisions.

Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 11-2014, dated May 22 but released, yesterday outlines the revised guidelines for the registration of firms and individuals following the issuance of DoF’s Department Order (DO) No. 33-2014 on May 21 “and in response to feedback received from importers and customs brokers throughout the Philippines.”

“For importers and brokers who have not yet complied in full with the requirements of CMO No. 4-2014, CMO No. 11-2014 supersedes CMO No. 4-2014,” the agency said in a statement.

CMO 4-2014, issued Feb. 21, contains the policies, guidelines, and procedures for the accreditation of importers and customs brokers with the BoC pursuant to DoF DO 12-2014.

DO 12-2014, dated Feb. 6, requires importers to be cleared by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) before these individuals or firms are accredited to import through the BoC.

Under DO 33-2014, importers and customs brokers were given until June 30 — or the original expiration of their original BoC accreditation, whichever comes earlier — to file their application for accreditation with the two revenue-generating agencies.

Without the new clearances from both the BIR and BoC, importers’ existing accreditation will be voided by July 1.

The BoC’s revised guidelines give importers or brokers additional time to apply for their BIR Importer Clearance Certificates (ICC) or Broker Clearance Certificates (BCC), as prescribed under the DoF’s latest order.

It also allows temporary accreditation with the BoC for importers and brokers who have applied for, but not yet received, their ICCs or BCCs from the BIR.

However, if the BIR denies a registrant’s application for an ICC or BCC, the temporary accreditation will expire 30 days after the firm or individual is notified of this denial.

Meanwhile, if the BIR issues the registrant an ICC or BCC, the BoC’s accreditation shall remain valid for the same duration as that of the importer’s or broker’s ICC or BCC.

CMO 11-2014 also notes that all applications for accreditation shall be acted upon not later than 15 days upon receipt together with the documentary requirements, which include their business licenses, valid identification cards, and lists of expected imports, among others. All notices will be sent by electronic mail.

Another requirement is that each year, registered importers and customs brokers should update their information with the BoC within 15 days to be counted from the date of approval of BoC accreditation.

Importers and brokers should also provide an original or certified true copy of their renewed ICC or BCC from the BIR, to be submitted every three years. — Bettina Faye V. Roc


CMO 11-2014 Revised guidelines for Registration of Importers and Customs Brokers with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) pursuant to DOF Department Order No. 33-2014


Bureau of Customs Memorandum Order 11-2014 revising guidelines for registration of importers and customs brokers

Bureau of Customs Memorandum Order 11-2014 revising guidelines for registration of importers and customs brokers dated May 22, 2014 and signed by Customs Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla


Department of Finance Order 33-2014 extending importer and customs broker accreditation

Department of Finance order 33-2014 extending importer and customs broker accreditation to June 30, 2014. Signed May 21, 2014.


Customs Memorandum Order 04-2014

Customs Memorandum Order No. 04-2014, signed by Customs Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla and dated February 21, implements Finance Department Order No. 12-2014 requiring importers and customs brokers to be accredited before they can import goods or do business with customs.

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