To ease port congestion and improve utilization, the customs department has inspected of at least twenty-three National Meat Inspection Service listed cold storage facilities located in Metro Manila, according to the BOC.
“The inspections were done to determine the utilization of cold storage facilities and to check if it has any correlation with port utilization to avoid congestion,” BOC statement reads.
The inspection is part of the action arising from the joint administrative order 20-01 issued on April 2020. The order calls for the adoption of processes for the expedited release of refrigerated containers and dry vans during the enhanced community quarantine.
According to National Meat Inspection Service, there are 151 cold storage facilities nationwide, 45 of which are in Metro Manila. The customs agency will continue inspecting the remaining warehouses in the coming days to check on their status and utilization.
The BOC reserves the right to exercise its authority to enter properties as stated under Section 219 of the Republic Act No. 10863 known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) and said inspections will be done in compliance with CMTA provisions as the Bureau ensures smooth movement of goods to and from the ports.