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On November 13, 2015, President Aquino approved Republic Act № 10697, “An Act Preventing the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction by Managing the Trade in Strategic Goods, the Provisions of Related Services, and for Other Purposes.” The legislation requires the State to manage the trade of strategic goods and provision of related services in accordance with international standards and best practices. The Act applies to any person operating within the Philippines who engages or intends…

On November 21, 2015, the President’s Press Secretary released a Joint Statement on the ASEAN-U.S. Strategic Partnership. At the 3rd ASEAN-U.S. Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States elevated their relationship to the ASEAN-U.S. Strategic Partnership to strengthen the role their relationship plays in realizing a common vision of a peaceful, prosperous Asia-Pacific region that offers security, opportunity and dignity to all its…

On March 10, 2014, for the first time in recent history, the Bureau of Customs has suspended the accreditation of a number of importers (70) and brokers (45) for repeatedly failing to describe their imports. Customs Administrative Order № 8-2007 and Customs Memorandum Order № 28-2007 require that imported articles must be described in sufficient detail for proper valuation and tariff classification. Customs Memorandum Order № 04-2014, section 3.5 permits imports or broker accreditation to…

On April 14, 2014, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) announced that it was intensifying its drive against smuggled and substandard steel with the filing of charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the owners and customs brokers of two firms that attempted to illegally import steel products worth close to P31 million. Two smuggling-related cases were filed against one of the Philippines’ largest importers of steel and iron products, and the firm’s customs brokers.…

On November 18, 2013, the Bureau of Census issued AES Broadcast #2013096 [not yet available on its website] which discusses what is required to ship charity goods to the Philippines which was hit on November 8, 2013, by a super typhoon. In order to facilitate the movement of food, water, medicines, and other supplies, donated by US organizations and the following guidance is offered and applies to goods not requiring a license, such as food,…