Euro chamber seeks streamlined, IT-equipped Customs


Posted at Oct 31 2018 05:07 PM

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MANILA -- More than changing its leadership, the Bureau of Customs should also streamline its processes and invest in IT systems, the head of a European business group said Wednesday.

In the Philippines, it takes almost 2 weeks to clear shipments, compared to 5 to 10 days in other Southeast Asian countries, said Guenter Taus, president of the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.

Taus said there would be less room for corruption if customs systems were streamlined.

President Rodrigo Duterte recently appointed a new customs chief and announced plans to deploy soldiers to guard the bureau after an illegal drugs shipment allegedly slipped past authorities.