By Betheena Unite
All alerted cargoes will no longer have to undergo physical examination in an attempt to avoid port congestion, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) ordered on Thursday.
Alerted cargoes and specially stopped shipments will instead undergo x-ray inspection, Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero said in Customs Memorandum Order 27-2018 dated December 7.
The order aims to “mitigate the increasing delay in the examination of goods and/or shipments in all districts/ports covered by pending alert orders and special stops, causing port congestion, unnecessary cost on the part of the government, and economic losses both on the government and private sectors,” the memorandum stated.
Guerrero, however, said that when there is reasonable ground after x-ray examination and spot checking to further check the alerted and specially stopped cargoes, a complete physical examination on the shipment will be undertaken.