BOC Elaborates Processes in Joint Administrative Order 20-01

BOC Elaborates Processes in Joint Administrative Order 20-01

In its mandate to ensure efficient flow of basic and essential goods, the Bureau of Customs has implemented the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 20-01 that provides the guidelines for the expeditious release of goods during the enhanced community quarantine.

The JAO shall  apply to reefer containers categorized as either chilled or frozen and dry vans/goods, including but not limited to out of gauge cargoes, both for terminal and scheduled to arrive.

Importers/ consignees are directed to effect the immediate withdrawal of reefer containers, or face abandonment proceedings. For cargoes at terminal, refrigerated containers must be pulled out within 7 days, 5 in case of chilled cargoes, from the issuance of the Order. Additionally, cargoes beyond 30 days from date of discharge are required to be withdrawn within 5 days from issuance of the Order. On the other hand, reefer containers scheduled to arrive after the issuance of the Order must be withdrawn within 10 days from discharge.

For the customs clearance as stated in the Order, the importers/consignees shall lodge the goods declaration within 2 days from the date of discharge. Lodgement prior to arrival of vessel is however allowed for reefer containers. The BOC shall then issue the final assessment within 24 hours from the date of online filing. The importers/consignees on the other hand will do the payment of duties, taxes, and other charges within 24 hours from the date of issuance of final assessment and claim the goods within 3 days or 24 hours in case of reefer containers, from the date of payment.  Shipping lines are ordered to release all Delivery Orders (DO) within 24 hours upon payment by the consignee of all shipping charges. It shall waive demurrage charges for each day of delay, if it fails to issue DO within the prescribed period.

On a different note, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) shall provide free storage for all goods cleared for release by the BOC for a maximum of five (5) days from date of discharge and shall be withdrawn during the period . Otherwise, PPA is hereby directed to transfer the cargoes, including out of gauge cargoes to a designated offsite location at the expense of the importer/consignee.

Considering the state of national health emergency, the BOC shall  continue to implement and improve  the BOC online systems allowing the e-lodgment and online filing of goods declaration, including online payment of duties and taxes, acceptance of electronic copies of import permits, clearances and other documents to expedite processing of transaction .

Along with the foregoing, the BOC has also started processing Provisional Goods Declaration (PGD) and the adoption of Green Lane Process flow for importers/consignees of basic necessities, jointly identified by a set criteria.

The BOC ensures the public that it will continue to adopt measures necessary to facilitate and minimize disruption to the supply chain, especially for basic necessities in this crisis situation.

For complete procedure and guidelines, please visit this link for the copy of JAO 20-01.


PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE (PIO) Bureau of Customs G/F OCOM Building, South Harbor (Port of Manila), Manila Landline: (02) 8527-8259 or (02) 8527-1968 Fax: (02) 8527-1968

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