8 May 2019
PHILIPPINES: Shipment Abandonment Order Appeal Procedures Clarified
The country’s Bureau of Customs (BOC) has clarified the required procedures for appeals relating to official orders for the abandonment of inbound shipments. Such orders may be issued by District Collectors (DCs), the government officials with jurisdiction over specific ports, should an importer fail to submit a customs declaration for imported goods or default on the payment of any taxes or customs levies. Furthermore, consignments may be regarded as abandoned should the designated importer fail to claim them within a specified period after completing the necessary import procedures.
As per the new guidelines, any importer subject to such an order will have 15 days to appeal the decision. The DCs concerned must then resolve the appeal within five days and inform the relevant customs authorities within a further two days. In the event of the abandonment order being upheld, this will come into effect 15 days after the importer has been informed of the decision, with the goods in question then being disposed of by the relevant authorities.