BOC prepares for the new normal, pushes ICT Projects

By BOC, Published on May 6, 2020

MANILA, May 6 -- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) will implement more Information and Communications Technology (ICT) projects that will speed up trade, strengthen border security and protect government revenues in response to the “new normal” brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Foremost is the stabilization of the E2M system as a continuing modernization project of the Bureau. Under the program ASYCUDA, the legacy component of E2M will be replaced by Trade Engine to ensure the fast system performance of the existing system. As of May 1, 2020, Trade Engine has been successfully rolled out in all Collection Districts.


Another project the BOC is working on is the Online Inventory Management System for Off-Dock Container Yard/Container Freight Stations (CY/CFS) that will monitor the real-time status of import goods transferred, stored, and withdrawn. Through the system, protection of government revenues against possible leakages arising from discrepancies and mis-declaration of quantity and gross weight of imported goods is assured.


The BOC will likewise develop an Online Inventory Management System for Customs Bonded Warehouses (CBW) that will monitor real time status and accounting of imported raw materials from the time of its transfer from the port of discharge to the CBW destination, the withdrawal thereof either for production, transfer to another CBW or to a free zone registered enterprise up to the exportation of finished goods. It will also manage the liquidation of the goods declaration filed for the imported raw materials.


An Online Payment Platform will also be introduced this year in which payment of customs fees such as processing fee for registration of importers and customs brokers at the Account Management Office (AMO) will be accepted online. The said system will complement other online transactions of the Bureau.

Furthermore, initiatives will be introduced for the adoption and implementation of a Passenger Customs Clearance System at the BOC-NAIA. It is an electronic system that will allow passengers to fill-out the Customs Baggage Declaration Form using their mobile phones, making it more accessible to stakeholders and provide readily available data to BOC Examiners.


Last week, May 1, 2020, the BOC launched the Electronic Tracking of Containerized Cargo (E-TRACC) System that enables the Bureau real-time monitoring of inland movements of containerized goods using GPS-enabled tracking device to secure transport to intended destination. Observing the roll-out plan schedule, the System will undergo Quality Assurance Testing phase within the week, according to the BOC-Assessment and Operations Group (AOCG).


The loan negotiations between the Department of Finance and World Bank on the Philippine Customs Modernization Project which was approved last March 6, 2020 by the National Economic and Development Authority Investment Coordination Committee Cabinet Committee (NEDA ICC CabCom) will begin on May 12, 2020. The Customs Commissioner has already signed the letter to the Department of Budget Management for issuance of the Forward Obligation Authority (FOA) for the Project. The FOA is a requirement for the loan negotiation. The BOC will also issue a Customs Special Order, creating the Project Management Unit (PMU) tasked to oversee the implementation of the Project and ensure that the project objectives, along with the specifications and standards set are met during construction, deployment and implementation of the project. A Special Bids and Awards Committee shall also be constituted for the procurement of the different components of the project.


The BOC is fast-tracking the roll-out of these projects and is expected to be fully implemented in the next few months. (BOC)



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