The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) and the Bureau of Customs (BOC) recently inked a landmark memorandum of agreement to provide clients an improved online payment system for customs duties and taxes.
The online payment system through the PHLPost website www.phlpost.gov.ph aims to eliminate fraud in compliance with Republic Act 11032, also known as the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act.
The agreement will make the process of clearing and delivery of parcels and other mail matters faster and simpler, benefitting thousands of consumers who rely on the postal service to send and receive packages from abroad, and boost the e-commerce industry.
The two agencies shall have access to the systems only in relation to the corresponding input of charges of duties and taxes by the BOC and for the verification of payment.
A separate set of Implementing Rules and Regulations shall be issued in relation to the collection of duties, taxes, and other charges which shall form part of the agreement.
“Digital innovation will enhance the competitiveness of the Post Office in the local and International market,” Postmaster General Norman Fulgencio said during the signing with Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero. “It is important for the public to understand that all mail and parcels may be subject to customs examination, duties, taxes and other fees.”
PHLPost introduced the payment of customs duties and taxes through its website and mobile application on May 19, attended by former President Rodrigo Duterte.
“This Duterte Legacy signifies the commitment and support of the Post Office under the new administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in serving the public who deserve service of global standards,” Fulgencio said.