Customs prepares for
ASEAN Single Window program
MANILA, Nov. 13 -- In preparation for the country’s launch of the ASEAN
Single Window, Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 39-2015 sets to pilot test the
implementation of the electronic application and issuance of preferential
and non-preferential Certificate of Origin (e-CO) to help in the formulation
of policies and procedures for the electronic exchange of data.
According to the bureau, this will review the procedures in the electronic
application and issuance of the ASEAN Trade in Goods Agreement (ATIGA) Form
D as part of the ASEAN Single Window Program (ASW) for the purpose of
rolling out the e-CO system in all ports to include various Free Trade
“Once fully implemented, Philippine exporters will extensively benefit from
the ease and facility in the processing of COs for their exports and the
reduced transaction costs arising from paperless processing,” said Deputy
Commissioner Agaton Uvero.
The e-CO shall be set at the Port of Manila (POM), Manila International
Container Port (MICP), Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Port of
Cebu, and Mactan International Airport.
Through this three-month pilot implementation, application and issuance of
ATIGA Form D shall cover the following:
Registration of pilot exporters for the use of e-CO System and their
qualified export products;
Electronic submission of customs ruling on the compliance of specific export
product to ATIGA;
Electronic submission of application of e-CO Form D and submission of the
scanned copies of the export declaration, commercial invoice, and the airway
bill or bill of lading;
Online review and approval of the e-CO Form D;
Printing of the approved e-CO, in the prescribed ATIGA Form D;
Signing of the printed e-CO;
Scanning and storing in the BOC e-CO system of the signed Form D;
Generation of the BOC Management Reports on the e-CO issued.
The use of Form D is accepted in ASEAN countries under ATIGA OCP for the
purpose of preferential tariff treatment. The countries are: Brunei
Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore,
Thailand, and Vietnam.
The Preferential Tariff Treatment reduces and eliminates import duties on
certain eligible products exported by the Philippines to other ASEAN Member
States. This innovation in the system shall help expedite trade facilitation
among these member countries.
Electronic to Mobile (E2M) registered members may register to e-CO System
for application and issuance of the ATIGA Form D. Application should include
scanned copy of the Ruling on the Country of Origin, Export Declaration,
Commercial Invoice, and Airway Bill or Bill of Lading.
“The move will also align the Philippines with the automation and trade
facilitation programs of many of the APEC member economies,” said bureau
chief Alberto Lina. “The e-CO System is just part of the many reform and
modernization programs that the bureau is undertaking to ensure that better
service is given to its stakeholders and the transacting public.” (BoC)