REGULATIONS ON CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN
|1.||Shipments of products to the United States, in order to be surely, exempt, from payment, of duty there,|
|must be accompanied by Certificates
of Origin issued by the Bureau of Customs. Certi¬ficates
of Origin covering articles contained in mail packages will be issued by
the customs examiner at the Manila Post Office and by collectors of customs
at other ports of entry; for any of the articles enumerated in paragraph
3 including cigars and cigarettes. Each package for which a certificate
is desired must be prepared for mailing, so packed that the
contents may be readily examined, by customs officers.
This certificate must be pasted on the wrapper of the package or placed in a strong envelope, securely tied to the package. A package for which a certificate of origin has been issued will not be returned to the sender except upon surrender of his certificate, but will be placed in the mail by the Customs office. When two or more mail packages are covered by one certificate of origin they should be so numbered that the contents may be readily identified from the description given in the certificate.
The classification of package as to postage rates will not be changed by having the certificate of origin attached or enclosed.
|2.||Patrons in the provinces can get certificates of origin in two ways:|
|a) They can
give an itemized invoice in duplicate to the postmaster
at the time of mailing the parcels
and the postmaster in turn will advise the Manila
Post Office to get a certificate of origin from the Bureau of Customs.
Under this method the certificate of origin will be attached to the
parcel at Manila. The fees for this first method of getting a Certificate
of .origin are as follows:
- For goods valued at P 50.00
or less, free for certificate of origin but P0.50 is required for a United
States Internal Revenue stamp.
b) The shipper can mail an itemized invoice in duplicate to the Collector of Customs and obtain a certificate of origin before the mailing of the goods. Under this method the certificates can be sent direct to the addressee to be furnished the United States Customs official concerned, or can-be enclosed in the package and the package marked "Certificate of Origin Inside.”
The fees for a certificate of origin by the second method, i.e., before mailing are free of charge when the goods are valued at less than P 50.00 and P2.00 when valued at more than P50.00.
In paying these fees the money order is to be made payable to the Collector of Customs and the cost of obtaining the same is at the expense of the patron. Foreign goods should not be enclosed in the same parcel with Philippine products.
|3.||Articles entitled to certificate. – Certificate of Origin are used for shipments to the United States of articles,|
|the growth, product or manufacture of Philippine Islands, or of the United States, or of both, or which do not contain foreign materials in excess of 20 percent of their total value, upon which no drawback of customs duty has been claimed or allowed: Provided, that the value thereof exceeds P20.00 Philippine currency. The provisions of this paragraph are usually applied to Philippine embroidered materials consisting of linen and cotton including waists, dresses, lingeries, doilies, scarfs, collars, hand bags or other articles of like nature the percentage of Philippine Work on which exceeds 80 percent of the total value of the articles. Cigars, cigarettes, piña, genuine Moro brass, all native hats, mats, baskets, curios, native cloth such as Igorot, Ilocano, Pinucpuc, sinamay, Moro hemp and various other cloths as well as any other articles produced and manufactured of native materials in the Philippine Islands.|
|4.||Articles not entitled to certificate. – Certificate of Origin will not be issued for rice, opium, or preparations|
|thereof, liquors, playing cards, or other articles (with the exception of cigars and cigarettes) subject to United States Internal Revenue Tax; goods which are nor growth, product, or manufacture of the Philippine Islands, or of the United States, or both; articles containing foreign materials in excess of 20 percent of the value thereof, and articles upon which drawback of customs duties has been claimed or allowed.|
|In response to three emailed questions on Certificate of Origin, reproduced above the 1920's Regulations of the Bureau of Post that govern such certificates. Practically with very little change, these regulartions remained in effect throughout the duration of the American period.|