New Rules Take Effect December 12 for Bulk and Break-Bulk Imports

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New Rules Take Effect December 12 for Bulk and Break-Bulk Imports


The Committee for Accreditation of Cargo Surveying Companies (CACSC) announced Tuesday that starting December 12, 2009, all bulk, and break-bulk cargo shipments bound to the Philippines will be subject to the procedure under Administrative Order No. 243-A and its implementing rules and regulations.AO-243-A was issued by President Arroyo on September 16, 2009. Its implementing rules were published last October 28, 2009 and takes into effect on November 12, 2009.AO 243-A was issued to streamline the procedure for importations, to the country and at the same time, protect the members of the government by ensuring the correct assessment of taxes and duties on bulk and break-bulk cargo imports. The AO mandates the CACSC to grant, approve, defer, deny, suspend, or revoke the accreditation of cargo surveying companies and surveyors.AO 243-A and its IRR cover all bulk and break-bulk cargo bound to the Philippines and loaded unto carrying vessels. The issuances provide a advance clearance system for bulk and break-bulk cargo imports in the Philippines. Only cargo surveying companies accredited by the CACSC shall conduct the cargo surveying required and issue the Load Port Survey Report. The Load Port Survey Report shall be issued after a full survey of quantity and quality of the bulk and break-bulk cargo and should contain the following details: Quantity of the cargo; quality of the cargo; grade of the cargo; price or value of cargo; classification of the cargo; port of loading; name of vessel; h. estimated time of departure from port of loading;. bills of lading; surveyor’s seals details; ports of call of carrying vessel, if there is any; and such additional testing results as may be required by the BOC necessary in determining the value, tariff classification, and/or assessment of shipments covered by AO 243-A.Any importer obtaining the services of an accredited cargo surveying company pursuant to AO 243-A and its IRR shall be allowed to file entries for the imported articles and pay the proper duties, taxes, and other fees therefore prior to arrival in the Philippine port of destination, provided that:a. …

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