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Philippines Trade Alert - Single Window #294

Thursday, June 26, 2014 > 09:39:41

The Government of Canada (GoC) has been notified that the Philippines is proposing to expand its requirement for a Load Port Survey (LPS) to all bulk, break-bulk, containerized and non-containerized cargoes, which is planned to take effect on August 1, 2014. While a lack of clarity regarding these measures and their impact on Canadian exports remains, some details have been made available. The Bureau of Customs (BOC) in the Philippines has indicated that there will be a 30-day grace period where there will be no incurred penalties for shipments without an LPS. In the case of shipments having departed the point of origin prior to August 1st and arriving after the 30-day grace period has expired, documentation to prove that goods have been loaded prior to the August 1st deadline should be submitted in writing to have penalties waived.
As of the August 1st implementation date, the Philippines will require  all bulk, break-bulk, containerized and non-containerized cargoes arriving and entering any port of entry in the Philippines to have undergone a LPS by a recognized third party at the port where the shipment is loaded. The LPS will be focused on quality and quantity of goods, as opposed to Pre-shipment Inspections (PSI) which includes information on valuation and classification. Super Green Lane consignees (importers deemed ethical/trustworthy by the BOC) are exempt. A list of Super Green Lane consignees is to be provided to the Canadian Embassy, however, no timeline was given. Costs related to the third party inspections would be borne by the commercial parties involved in the transaction.
The Philippines has indicated that the LPS measure is part of a temporary reform program initiated by the BOC in order to establish quantity and quality of imports as well as to determine the baseline volume of Philippine imports. It has been estimated that 60 percent of imports were misdeclared or unaccounted for, based on comparisons of Philippine import stats vs exports stats of trading partners.
The GoC is working with Philippine officials to gain clarity on these requirements and minimize the impact they have on trade. We will continue to keep industry informed of all new developments as they become available.
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