Ceremonial Launching of the ASEAN Customs Declaration Document (ACDD) Management Portal
On December 6, 2022, the Philippines Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the United States Agency International Development ASEAN Policy Implementation (USAID API) jointly co-hosted the Ceremonial launch of the ASEAN Customs Declaration Document (ACDD) Management Portal at F1 Hotel, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Manila, the Philippines.
USAID API’s technical assistance supports the Government of the Philippines through the Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Department of Finance (DOF) in developing an operations portal system to expedite the Philippines’ participation in the cross-border exchange of the ACDD through the Philippines National Single Window and ASEAN Single Window platforms. As a result of USAID API’s assistance, the Philippines successfully participated as the 6th country in the live operation of the ACDD with other ASEAN countries.
The ACDD is a collection of “information parameters” structured with the ASEAN-set Process Specifications and Message Implementation Guide. It is electronically transmitted using the BOC’s ACDD Management Portal, which is directly connected to the ASW and NSW systems. The ACDD Operations Portal allows for the exchange of export documents and data to be automated, which is an important tool in fulfilling the on-demand requirement of the BOC in supporting its risk-targeting activities, as well as providing the added value of advanced information in enhancing ongoing trade facilitation initiatives.
The event, conducted in a hybrid mode, was attended by more than 140 participants from key stakeholders ranging from the Philippines trade and finance government sector, representatives from the USAID/Philippines, USAID ASEAN, USAID API, and the private sector.
Some of the highlights of the event included a welcome message delivered by the Department of Finance Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, Chairperson for the NSW Steering Committee that “The ACDD exchange is an important step towards quickening the digitalization of our government processes and improving the competitiveness of the Philippines business environment.”
The BOC Acting Commissioner, Mr. Yogi Ruiz, stated in his opening remarks that the “ACDD Management Portal … will not only help link the Philippines to electronically exchange information with our ASEAN partners but will also broaden the Philippines’ economic integration and maximize the potential of intra-ASEAN Trade.”
Additionally, Ms. Jennifer Crow, Acting Deputy Mission Director to USAID Philippines reiterated the importance of the USAID-supported ACDD Management system in partnership with the Philippines Bureau of Customs as a significant step forward to allow the government and people of the Philippines to effectively harness the benefits of cross-border trade flows while incorporating international best practices in customs technology.
This commemorative event has successfully represented a milestone that strengthens and deepens USAID’s partnership with ASEAN to help support its member states to close the loop in meeting ASEAN-endorsed regional commitments in digital trade. USAID’s API project looks forward to achieving more milestones in their technical assistance with the government of the Philippines and to feedback with the post-implementation of the ACDD Management Portal.
For more information on the API Project, the 2022 updated factsheet can be found here.
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