BOC eases rice import rules

To facilitate easier entry of imports as mandated under the rice tariffication law, the Bureau of Customs simplified processes and removed the advance duty previously slapped on importers. Noting that the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) No. 11203 that took effect on March 5 were yet to be issued, Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero released interim guidelines on certain provisions of the new law. Under the March 5 memorandum, Guerrero said all rice importation would be processed under regular customs cargo clearance procedures, unlike before when the National Food Authority (NFA) had to issue import permits prior to entry. RA 11203 took aw...

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