ALL customs declarations for commercial air export cargo via the country's four main airports must now be lodged electronically, specifically, through the electronic-to-mobile Automated Export Documentation System (E2m AEDS), according to the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

Customs Memorandum Circular (CMC) No. 23-2016, dated February 16 and signed by Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina, mandatorily implements the E2m AEDS for all commercial air shipments loaded through the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), Clark International Airport, Mactan Cebu International Airport, and Davao International Airport.

AEDS is a module under the E2m for receiving and processing the export declaration single administrative document.

Lina said the mandatory use of AEDS is in connection with Customs Memorandum Oder (CMO) No. 49-2010 (Electronic Lodgment of Export Declarations through Value Added Service Providers [VASP] at the One Stop Export Documentation Center) and CMO 54-2010 (Electronic Lodgment of Export Declarations through Accredited VASPs), supplemented by CMO 7-2012 (Supplemental Guidelines in the Implementation of AEDS under E2m Customs).

Previously, the export declarations of non-Philippine Economic Zone Authority locators were done manually.

Leo Morada, CEO of BOC-accredited VASP Cargo Data Exchange Center, told PortCalls in an email their company "has assisted several exporters who lodge e2m AEDS electronic declarations on a 'pilot' basis since late 2012 in Naia and Clark."

"The transition to mandatory implementation will not be a problem to them," Morada added.

However, he noted that "some exporters informed us they plan to request BOC for consideration to allow manual export processing pending completion of their registration with e2m Client Profile Registration System (CPRS)."

CPRS is a module of the E2m which builds the system's database of stakeholders transacting with Customs, and which determines the access rights of an e2m user in the BOC system.

CMC 23-2016 initially covers commercial shipments, which Lina said is defined as trade commodities or items with commercial value or quantity that are for sale or barter under consignment basis.

Personal shipments sent through the four airports are excluded from CMO 7-2012 and will be covered by a separate circular. (PR)