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Strengthening Trade: The Role of the Philippine Regulatory Board for Customs Brokers

In the intricate tapestry of international trade, the role of customs brokers is paramount. At the forefront of ensuring smooth cross-border transactions in the Philippines is the Philippine Regulatory Board for Customs Brokers (PRBCB). Established to regulate and professionalize the customs brokerage industry, the PRBCB plays a pivotal role in facilitating efficient and lawful movement of goods across borders.

The PRBCB is currently headed by Hon. Samuel C. Bautista with the help of two members, Hon. Nenette T. Dagondon and Hon. Albert Cruz. It was created under Republic Act No. 9280, which mandated the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to oversee the licensing and regulation of customs brokers in the Philippines. This move aimed to elevate the standards of the customs brokerage profession, ensuring that practitioners adhere to ethical practices, possess the necessary qualifications, and contribute to the nation’s economic development.


Licensing and Professional Standards

One of the primary functions of the PRBCB is the issuance of licenses to qualified customs brokers. To obtain this license, individuals must finish the Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration (BSCA) program and pass the Customs Broker Licensure Examination, a rigorous assessment that evaluates their knowledge of customs laws, tariff and customs code, and other relevant regulations. This also ensures that licensed customs brokers possess the expertise needed to navigate the complexities of international trade.


Ethical Standards and Disciplinary Actions

Maintaining the integrity of the customs broker profession is paramount to the PRBCB. The board sets and enforces ethical standards for customs brokers, aiming to eliminate malpractices and promote transparency. In cases of misconduct or violations, the PRBCB has the authority to impose disciplinary actions, safeguarding the reputation of the profession and the interests of the trade community.

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Continuous Professional Development

Acknowledging the dynamic nature of the customs broker industry, the PRBCB emphasizes the importance of continuous professional development. Customs brokers are encouraged to participate in training programs, seminars, and workshops to stay updated on the latest trade regulations, customs procedures, and technological advancements. This commitment to ongoing learning ensures that customs brokers remain well-equipped to navigate the evolving landscape of international trade.

Promoting Trade Facilitation

Beyond regulatory functions, the PRBCB actively contributes to trade facilitation by collaborating with government agencies, industry stakeholders, and international organizations. By fostering partnerships and promoting best practices, the board aims to create an environment that expedites the movement of goods while maintaining compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

PRBCB stands as a cornerstone in the nation’s efforts to fortify its position in the global trade arena. Through its commitment to professionalization, ethical standards, and continuous learning, the PRBCB not only ensures the competence of customs brokers but also facilitates seamless cross-border transactions, contributing to the overall economic growth and development of the Philippines.

Prof. Jeanette M. Roxas, Lcb

President, PACBE