Ports transactions go online as Joint Memorandum Circular 01-2020 becomes effective

The Anti‑Red Tape Authority (ARTA), the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and the Department of Trade and Industry virtually signed on August 5, 2020 Joint Memorandum Circular 01-2020 mandating the online filing, processing, and payment of port charges, cargo handling charges, other cargo handling‑related charges, permits and ancillary fees, and customs taxes and duties.


The JMC directs port users to file their applications for permits and clearances, including documentary requirements for the release of cargoes from the different Ports of Manila through the online platforms of the PPA, BOC, and Manila port operators International Container Terminals Services, Inc. (ICTSI), Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI), and Harbour Centre Port Terminal, Inc. (HCPTI) at:


The JMC also provides that corresponding fees shall be paid online through the accredited banks and payment channels of the said agencies and port operators.


As for BOC transactions such as custom duties, taxes, and import and export related fees and charges, payment should remain through its Payment Application Secure System Version 5.0 (PASS5) system.  


Other fees and charges such as registration and renewal fees, as well as miscellaneous fees, can be processed and paid online through PASS5 or the BOC Customer Care Portal System and PayMaya Payment Solutions.


Upon receipt of the port user’s notification or recognition of payment, a scanned or digital copy of the Official Receipt (OR) shall be transmitted to the client through any of the available digital messaging platforms such as e-mail, Viber, Telegram, and Facebook Messenger.


Gate pass shall be processed electronically and printed offsite at the office/premises of the client. However, for general, break-bulk, bulk and/or other non-containerized cargoes, gate pass shall be issued only upon the actual loading of the cargoes in their respective trucks.


The JMC also provides the protocol in case the online system goes offline due to technical problems.


Recognized the PCCI’s pivotal role in the crafting of the JMC, Deputy Director General Ernesto Perez said, “Our attention was called no less than [by] the PCCI. I would like to especially mention its [Chairman Emeritus] George Barcelon, [President] Amb. Benedicto Yujuico, and its Logistics Champion Angelito Colona for calling the attention of the Anti-Red Tape Authority for the problem confronting the port area.”


PCCI President Benedicto V. Yujucio signed as one of the witnesses in the JMC, which was completed on August 13, 2020.



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