BOC Inspects Cold Storage Facilities to Check Utilization
Since the implementation of the Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 20-01 on April 2020, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) through the Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) has conducted physical inspection of at least twenty-three (23) National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) listed cold storage facilities located in Metro Manila.
The inspections were done to determine the utilization of cold storage facilities and to check if it has any correlation with port utilization to avoid congestion.
As per NMIS, there are 151 cold storage facilities nationwide, 45 of which are in Metro Manila. ESS, BOC will continue inspecting the remaining warehouses in the coming days to check on their status and utilization.
The BOC reserves the right to exercise its authority to enter properties as stated under Section 219 of the Republic Act No. 10863 known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and said inspections will be done in compliance with CMTA provisions as the Bureau ensures smooth movement of goods to and from the ports.