By Betheena Unite
All imported goods shall be marked with the name of the country of origin to protect the public and to establish a consistent system of monitoring the duty that will be imposed on the goods, the updated rules of the Bureau of Customs said.
Under Customs Administrative Order (CAO) 02-2019, Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero ordered that all goods or their containers imported into the country, “shall be conspicuously marked in any official language of the Philippines as legibly, indelibly, and permanently as the nature of the goods or container will permit and in such manner has to indicate to an ultimate purchaser or end-user or consumer in the Philippines the name of the country of origin of the goods.”
It was stated that the marking of imported goods also aims to “protect the consumers from the deceptive practice of passing off imported articles, as coming from a particular country other than its actual country of origin.”
The bureau furthered that the character of words and phrases or abbreviation to be used in the marking of imported goods shall be based on the United Nations Terminology Database and shall be marked through “printing, stenciling, stamping, branding, labeling.”
If the imported goods or containers are not marked, a five percent of the dutiable value of the goods will be imposed as fine. Its release will also be withheld until the imported goods are marked.
In addition, if the importer refused or failed to mark the goods within a period of 30 days, the goods will be declared abandoned.
The CAO was signed by Guerrero on January 29. It will take effect 30 days after its completed publication in the Official Gazette or a newspaper.