Customs increase airport personnel

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Friday, December 27, 2013

THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) has increased its personnel at the three terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) to decongest passenger traffic following the peak arrivals for the holiday season.

Customs Commissioner John Philip Sevilla has directed other offices of the agency to augment manpower at the NAIA as necessary on a 24/7 basis, depending on the number of flight arrivals and passenger volume.

Sevilla said that bureau has prescribed simplified customs procedures for arriving passengers and international airline crews to expedite the inspection and clearance of their baggage and improve the flow of international arriving passenger traffic at Naia.

The BOC establised the Dual Channel Declaration System which segregates all passengers arriving from international flights into two lanes, the red or green channel—the latter for passengers with either nothing to declare or carrying goods that are duty-free or not subject to any import restrictions or prohibitions; and the former for those with goods to declare, in quantities beyond allowable limits or are restricted.

Both channels are clearly marked at the Naia terminals so that all passengers and airlines crew can easily understand and choose the appropriate lane.

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), on the other hand, can still use the existing OFW Lane but a centralized operation center was also set-up near the arrival area to further assist arriving passengers.

Sevilla, assured the public that while the examination of baggage and gifts aim to collect the correct duties and taxes on expensive wrist watches and other luxury items, electronic devices and other articles of commercial quantities brought in by passengers, these would be conducted by well-trained Customs frontline personnel in an efficient and orderly manner. (Sunnex)

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