Customs seeking to simplify broker accreditation process

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THE Bureau of Customs (BoC) said its Account Management Office (AMO) is hoping to simplify the accreditation process for brokers and other entites that routinely deal with the bureau by decentralizing approvals.

Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 19-2019 allows the renewal of brokers’ accreditation and the activation of the Client Profile Registration System (CPRS) at the collection district nearest the brokers’ place of business.

The CMO was issued by Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero on April 16.

The new process will involve activation by the AMO Head Office will now handle the CPRS accounts and the preparation of the Certificate of Accreditation (CoA). Signed CoAs will then be transferred to the District Collectors for release to the custom brokers.

Instead of having the brokers’ accreditation go through signatories such as the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and the Office of the Commissioner, it will now be processed by the local Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and at the office of the District Collectors to be released to the customs brokers.


In a memo earlier this year, Commissioner Mr. Guerrero said the decentralization exercise is in compliance with Republic Act No. 11032, or the East of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Act of 2018.

The Office of the District Collector will processed CPRS activation of entities accredited by other government agencies upon the endorsement receipt from concerned government agencies along with the other documents.

Mr. Guerrero has listed among his top priorities the enhancement of the BoC’s information and technology system, alongside filling up the buearu’s many job vacancies. — Kimani Eros S.Franco