SGS has announced successful assessment for renewed accreditation to the Bulk and Break Bulk Cargo Clearance Enhancement Program contract, allowing the company to continue processing bulk and break bulk cargo entering the Philippines.

The government-mandated customs trade facilitation program authorizes SGS to inspect bulk and break bulk cargo at the country of export and/or supply and issue load port survey reports and summary reports. Both documents are issued by commercial clients shipping to the Philippines, with surveys buyer or seller-paid.

Under the deal, Manila customs officials receive information via a secure electronic format from SGS prior to goods arriving in Southeast Asia’s archipelago country. Duties and taxes are payable in advance, thus easing movement of imported articles. This will also allow SGS to improve bulk cargo assessment, paving the way for correct goods valuation, reduction in cycling through the customs entry and cargo theft prevention while increasing government revenue.