• TLC 0006-2014

    Under the draft Customs Administrative Order ( CAO) it requires, bulk, break-bulk, containerized and other non-containerized cargoes arriving and entering any port of entry in the Philippines to a Load Port Survey (LPS) at the port of origin, unless otherwise exempted, Currently, only bulk and break-bulk shipments undertake such requirement.

    The folowing shipments are exempt from securing LPS requirement as provided under the draft CAO:

    • All shipments transported by air;
    • Super Green Lane shipments;
    • Importation of personal effects and house goods of  a balikbayan and his/her family under Republic Act No. 6768, as amended, Overseas Contract Workers and other returning residents;
    • Consolidated shipments or full container load shipments with three or more consignees;
    • Official importations of foreign embassies,legations, missions, consular offices and other agencies of foreign governments in the Philippines;
    • Human remains and personal effects of the decedent accompanying the human remains;
    • Importation of vehicles and motorcycles of balikbayan and returning residents;
    • Cargoes transiting the Philippines and intended for a foreign destination, including shipments which are discharged from the carrying vessel for its final destination abroad provided that they stay of the transit cargo in the Philippines shall not exceed 30 days from the date of discharge;
    • Explosive and pyrotechnic products;
    • Importation by government agencies, government-owned corporations and other government instrumentalities;
    • Relief consignments as provided under Section 105(h) of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP), as amended; and
    • Importations bound for the Philippine Economic Zone Authority zones covered by an import permit.
    All cargoes covered by an LPS are automatically exempt from physical and X-ray inspection, except in the following instances:

    • LPS report (LPSR) has been tampered or shows signs that the same has been tampered;
    • The shipment is covered by an alert or hold order;
    • The importer disagrees with the findings of the LPSR and requests that a discharge port survey be conducted in the presence of customs officers;and
    • If the Commissioner of District Collector has a derogatory information against the shipment.
    The implementation of LPS will advance and speed up clearance for import shipments and will likewise reduce import processing costs.

                                                                                                Source: PortCalls May 28, 2014 issue