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CIQS matters set for Glan-Tahuna-Bitung shipping route

GLAN, Sarangani (2 October) -- Customs, Immigration, Quarantine, Security (CIQS) agreements between General Santos and Glan Ports and the International Port of Bitung have been set to support the proposed Glan-Tahuna-Bitung shipping route ahead of the October 8 maiden voyage.

The bilateral agreements, conformed during a September 22 meeting in Bitung City, were drawn in the course of a trade mission by Jose Abad Santos-Glan-Sarangani Cooperation Triangle (JAGS-CT) local officials and businessmen to North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Gov. Migs Dominguez, who headed the mission, disclosed that Glan and Bitung have earlier been identified by the Philippines and Indonesia to "become the model pilot project for CIQS."

It is "part of the efforts in developing a free economic zone" between the two areas, the governor told reporters Thursday.

"Sa negosyo, the less barriers, mas maganda," he added.

The "agreed minutes of the informal meeting" on CIQS between port authorities representing both countries showed that "small and informal traders" would have to comply with customs rules, regulations and procedures.

To facilitate the efficient discharge of cargo and issuance of import and export permits and other clearances, the ship agent should provide in advance, the list of commodities that will be carried during the voyage on October 8 from Glan Port.

In subsequent voyages, the Customs Group will exchange lists of products regulated by each country to facilitate the entry of goods.

Tariff and other fees to be collected shall be properly receipted and that any un-receipted transaction could be cause for complaint and investigation, through the auspices of the Philippine Consulate General in Manado City.

The Indonesian side clarified that CIQS boarding formalities shall only be conducted in the Port of Tahuna, for which the Port Administrator in Tahuna shall issue the necessary clearance.

The clearance shall be given to the ship owner or agent and a copy will be furnished to the Port Administrator of Bitung, where there will be no more boarding formalities.

Purchase of fuel sufficient only for the vessel's return to its port of origin may be allowed by Pertamina (Indonesia's state-owned petroleum supply company) at international rates and under the supervision of the Port Administrator of Bitung.

Immigration rules, regulations and procedures of Indonesia and the Philippines are already harmonized and based on international standards.

In addition, both sides agreed to exchange intelligence information, in coordination with their respective national offices.

Both sides also agreed to ensure compliance with health quarantine rules, regulations and procedures by outgoing and incoming vessels plying international routes.

They agreed to continue to be vigilant and update each other on avian flu cases.

Port officials would regularly exchange information on the development and modernization of their respective port facilities.

They ensured continuing compliance with the International Ship and Ports Security Code (ISPS) by ports and port users. (Sarangani IO/PIA 12) [top]

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