Customs to automate containerized cargo tracking by June

Logistics technology

In a push to digitize port operations, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) will implement Electronic Tracking of Containerized Cargo System (E-TRACC System) starting May, the Bureau announced on Friday.

The implementation will start in phases. By June, Customs will roll out the system in The Manila International Container Port, Port of Manila, and Port of Batangas. By July, it will expand to ports in Cebu, Davao, Subic, and Clark. Beginning in August, all ports in the country will get the E-TRACC system.

The software provides real-time visibility on containerized cargo movements throughout authorized routes from the port of discharge to the port of destination. The Electronic Customs Seal (ECS) that looks like a padlock is a GPS-enabled sealing device capable of physically securing cargo and transmitting real-time location data to Piers Division Inspection (PID). The ECS is attached to the container before leaving the port of discharge.

Cargoes covered by the new system are:

  • Transit Containers bound for Economic Zones
  • Transit Containers bound for Free Zones
  • Containers Bound for Customs Bonded Warehouse
  • Containers Bound for Export
  • Reefer Containers bound for second border inspection.

The ECS will track the goods in real-time and provide alarms in case of unauthorized trips, tampering of the device, deviation of the vehicle from authorized routes, or other events that are deemed unusual based on criteria to be determined by the Bureau.

“The PID shall be in charge of the monitoring of the sealing and unsealing operations, authorized start and end trip of the vehicle loaded with cargo, and monitor for alarms”, Customs said.

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Manila, Philippines

July 9-11, 2020