The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved
the signing and ratifying of an Agreement between India and Philippines on
co-operation and mutual assistance in customs matters.
The Agreement will help in the availability of relevant information for the
prevention and investigation of Customs offences. The Agreement is also
expected to facilitate trade and ensure efficient clearance of goods traded
between the countries.
This Agreement shall enter into force after the necessary national legal
requirements for entry into force of this Agreement have been fulfilled by both
The Agreement would provide a legal framework for sharing of information
and intelligence between the Customs authorities of the two countries. It would
help in the proper application of Customs laws, prevention and investigation of
Customs offences and the facilitation of legitimate trade.
The draft text of the proposed Agreement has been finalized with the
concurrence of the two Customs Administrations. The draft Agreement takes care
of Indian Customs' concerns and requirements, particularly in the area of
exchange of information on the correctness of the Customs value declared and
authenticity of certificates of origin of the goods traded between the two