13 August 2019
Published also in Business Mirror
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is ready to implement the European Union Registered Exporters (REX) system for certifying the origin of goods.
The system is crucial in allowing Philippine exporters to continue enjoying benefits under the EU’s Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program.
”The REX system will gradually replace the current system of origin certification based on certificates of origin (CO Form A) issued by BOC,” the agency’s Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group deputy commissioner Atty. Edward James Dy Buco said in a memo dated July 5.
A Customs order on guidelines for implementation of the system will soon be issued.
Exporters may start applying online through https://customs.ec.europa.eu/rex-pa-ui/#/create-preapplication.
Once the electronic application is submitted, a printed application from must be submitted by exporters to the BOC’s Export Division or Export Unit together with the tax identification number; unique reference number(URN) for Philippine Economic Zone Authority (Peza) locators and Client Profile Registration System fornon-PEZA locators; and product evaluation report, if applicable.
All application forms submitted to the Export Divisions/Unit shall be endorsed to BOC’s Export CoordinatingDivision (ECD) for registration to the REX system.
Exporters shall be notified about the results of the application and assigned a REX number within seven workingdays from receipt of the complete set of documents by ECD from the export division of ports.CO Form A shall be issued by the Export Divisions/Units for exporters that are not yet registered to REX untilDecember 31, 2019.
In case majority of exporters to EU are not yet able to register by the third quarter of thisyear, an extension of six months may be requested from the EU. If the extension is granted, it is only up to June 30, 2020.