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Customs Service Online
Institution: Philippines Customs Bureau
Theme: Citizen Engagement
Implementation Date: Jan 01, 1996
Summary: Using an “off-the-shelf” customs application package as the main building block, the Philippines Customs Bureau has developed an on-line system to process clearance of imports, payment of duty, and delivery of release orders for shipments to leave the docks. The Bureau implemented a standard software package ASYCUDA. The system also has become nearly paperless. An encrypted file verifying the payment received at banks is sent to Customs via a gateway. Customs computers match this information with the amount of duties and taxes payable.
Impact: The new on-line system has lessened the cost of trade for businesses, reduced opportunities for fraud, and helped the Bureau to maximize revenue collection. Quick clearance of a majority of transactions has brought down the cost of trade significantly. Cargo is released between four hours to two days, as opposed to eight days in the earlier system. Under the new system, business people also enjoy the greater convenience of making payments at familiar banks, instead of lining up for service at the Customs collection stations.
Source: World Bank
Project Home URL: http://www.customs.gov.ph/

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