BOC suspends order on fees for services rendered by personnel

July 6, 2024

  • The Bureau of Customs suspended the implementation of Customs Administrative Order No. 02-2024
  • The order provides BOC’s dues and fees for services rendered by its personnel
  • The suspension was announced by Customs commissioner Bienvenido Rubio in his closing remarks at the 5th Customs Industry Consultative Advisory Council meeting on July 5
  • Stakeholders will be consulted for the customs memorandum order that will implement CAO 02-2024

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has suspended the implementation of Customs Administrative Order (CAO) No. 02-2024, which provides BOC’s dues and fees for services rendered by its personnel.

The suspension was announced by Customs commissioner Bienvenido Rubio in his closing remarks during the 5th Customs Industry Consultative Advisory Council (CICAC) meeting on July 5.

While no other details about the suspension were mentioned, Rubio did say stakeholders will be consulted on the customs memorandum order (CMO) that will implement CAO 02-2024, CICAC member Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT) told PortCalls in a Viber message.

Stakeholders have questioned the implementation of CAO 02-2024 without the corresponding CMO.

PortCalls reached out to BOC for comments but the agency has not responded as of press time.

The CMO to be issued will govern the utilization of collected service fees, including procedures for their payment to authorized customs personnel in accordance with existing auditing, accounting and other rules and regulations.

CAO 02-2024, which took effect on June 10, aims to identify and provide uniformity in the different fees; collate fees and charges from various BOC memos and orders; and rename a few charges.

It also aims to provide a mechanism for the payment of overtime work and other services rendered by BOC personnel.

It covers all service fees, dues and charges collected by BOC from shipping lines, airlines, air express operators, importers, exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, consolidators, deconsolidators, logistics providers, transshippers, operators of customs bonded warehouses and other customs facilities and warehouses, free zone locators or registered enterprises, third-party solutions providers, and all other parties served by the bureau.

Under CAO 02-2024, service fees to be collected will accrue to the trust fund, which may be used to pay for allowances and overtime services of BOC personnel. Customs dues and charges, meanwhile, will go to the general fund. – Roumina Pablo

Source: https://www.portcalls.com/boc-suspends-order-on-fees-for-services-rendered-by-personnel/