On the day he assumed office, the newly appointed Customs Chief, Isidro Lapeña, the former Director of the Philippines Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), instructed the temporary suspension of green lane for clearance of all import shipments and ordered a thorough review of the Customs’ risk management system. This means importers need to anticipate a longer customs clearance lead time as cargoes previously routed to green lane are now diverted to yellow or red lane that is subject to Customs scrutiny. Cargoes tagged under the yellow lane are subject to documentary review and those under the red lane are subject to both documentary review and physical inspection prior to their release from Customs area.
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