LINA INDUCTS 2015 DDCAP OFFICERS
The November 4, 2015 Door-to-Door Consolidators Association of the Philippines’ (DDCAP) induction of officers turned out to be the hallmark of a strong partnership between the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and DDCAP, the association of cargo consolidators that handle “balikbayan” boxes.
Held at the Bureau of Customs Social Hall, Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina, in his message to the officers and members of DDCAP, assured the “balikbayan” box industry stakeholders that the BOC is doing its best to facilitate faster and more efficient processing and release of “balikbayan” boxes without the need for opening them.
According to Lina, with e-commerce they should already be able to evaluate and assess the incoming container vans with “balkbayan” boxes even if the ship is still at sea, so long as these are properly documented like the packing list among others. He also stressed that the “no official-no signature “system at the BOC would be stopped.
“I will not allow the release of cargoes to be delayed in a particular customs office just because the signatory is out and nobody else can sign documents. I will not allow this to happen under my watch.” Lina said, even as he urged the DDCAP members to inform him of such incidents to enable him to act on it immediately.
Lina further stressed that customs clients would soon see less customs officials signing the release papers of their shipment. “We will bring down the number of signatories in the release papers at the Bureau of Customs from 12 to two (2) at the least.” Lina said. Among the reason why it is costly to facilitate the release of cargoes at the BOC are the too many signatories in the release papers.
And in closing, Lina also revealed his project to help facilitate fast, safe and easy release of “balikbayan” boxes. “We have commissioned a top application developer in the country to develop an application for “balikbayan” boxes. We hope to release it by December. This will be my personal gift to the Filipino people, “Lina said.
At the height of the reported opening of “balikbayan” boxes controversy which prompted the Senate Committee on Ways and Means to conduct an inquiry, the country’s “balikbayan” box consolidators had many apprehensions with the BOC policy. But according to Lina, the issue resulted in a good twist to customs industry stakeholders as it underscored the need to facilitate the approval of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) at both Houses of Congress.
For his part newly inducted DDCAP President Joel Longares, in his acceptance speech, thanked Lina for his support for their industry sector, even as he also assured his members and the BOC of his commitment to perform what are expected of him.
“We have now sealed a strong partnership with the Bureau of Customs. With our concerted efforts, we should be able to deliver quality service to our clients.” Longares said, adding that, “The policies and procedures are defined, we just have to follow them.” He added.
DDCAP pioneer and adviser Mr. Dominador De Guzman for his part, welcomed the commissioner’s programs, even as he stressed that the strong partnership established between the Bureau and DDCAP would be good, not only for industry stakeholders, but to the millions of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) as well.
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