By Betheena Kae Unite
Non-brokers will now be allowed to perform the lodging and processing of goods declaration of shipment with the Bureau of Customs, a recent order showed.
The bureau stated that allowing non-brokers to declare goods was supported by the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
However, in order to perform the process usually handled by Customs broker, a non-broker agent must file an application for accreditation and obtain a Certificate of Accreditation as declarant from the bureau.
All importers or persons empowered to act as agent or Attorneys-in-Fact, desiring to lodge and process goods declaration at the bureau are allowed to be recognized as declarant, according to Customs Memorandum Order No. 34-2019.
In a statement Tuesday, the bureau said that allowing non-brokers to be declarants was in line with Sections 106 and 107 of the CMTA, covering the accreditation and registration of persons who are not customs brokers but are entitled under the CMTA to act as declarant and sign the goods declaration for consumption, warehousing or transit.
Once accredited, the declarant “shall be responsible for the accuracy of the goods declaration and for the payment of duties, taxes and other charges of the imported goods and shall be made liable for any violation of the CMTA and other related laws.”
All persons desiring to be accredited as a declarant are required to apply for registration under the Client Profile Registration System. The registration comes with a validity of one year from the date of issuance unless otherwise suspended or revoked, the bureau noted.