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BS in Customs Administration in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Customs Administration (BSCA) is a four-year college degree course for individuals who wish to pursue a career in the customs brokerage or in the field of transportation and supply chain management. The Customs Administration curriculum provides students with the theoretical education and initial training on the practical application of the tariff and customs laws, policies and guidelines that are being implemented by the different government agencies that are involved in the import and export industries. Students will also learn various laws, regulations and procedures and their implications for taxation. The business-oriented syllabus includes classroom activities and on-the-job training with customs brokerage companies or with the Bureau of Customs.

Recommended Senior High School Strand

Students who want to pursue a degree in Customs Administration are encouraged to take the Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) strand. This strand provides the basic concepts of business and financial management, and corporate operations which will be helpful in their college journey.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Principles of Customs Administration
  • The relationship of Customs to International Trade
  • Cargo Handling, Port Operation, and Law on Common Carriers
  • Freight Forwarding and Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers
  • General Warehousing
  • Customs Administrative and Judicial Proceedings
  • Forms, Documentations, Customs Procedures and Practices
  • Custom Brokers Ethics

Admission Requirements


  • The student must be a high school graduate. However, if they were not able to graduate high school, they may opt to take the Alternative Learning System (ALS) and pass the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) to qualify for college; the availability of courses for PEPT passers depend on the university.
  • The students must pass the College Admissions Test of the university.

Basic Requirements

  • Form 138 - High School Report Card (Original and Photocopy)
  • Recommendation letter from High school principal and guidance counselor
  • Most recent medical and dental health record
  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate
  • Certificate of Good moral character
  • Copy of honorable dismissal
  • Copy of high school diploma
  • (1) Latest 2”x2” ID Picture

Program Outcome

Graduates of Customs Administration are expected to be able to:

  • Handle preparation of custom duties and taxes
  • Give advice on tariff and customs laws, rules and regulations related matters
  • Process the importation and exportation of documents required under the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines (TCCP) for matters concerning the Bureau of Customs or any other government agencies

On-The-Job Training/Internship

During the fourth year of the program, students are required to attend an On the Job Training (OJT) in various logistic companies.

Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting. Usually, universities require them to submit a written report on their tasks, learning experiences, and hours rendered. Their work performance will also be evaluated by their immediate managers and will be submitted to their respective OJT coordinator. The number of hours required may differ in each university.

Board Exam

To become a Licensed Customs Broker in the Philippines, a graduate of BS in Customer Administration needs to pass the Customs Brokers Licensure Examination. The examination is conducted by the Board Examiners for Custom Brokers under the supervision of the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). It is scheduled once a year, usually in the month of October. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of BS in Customs Administration may pursue a career path in various companies that specialize in logistics, shipment, and distribution. They may also apply to the Bureau of Customs if they are interested in working in the government. They may apply for roles such as a customs declarant, customs representative, freight forwarder, customs processor, air or sea cargo handling documentation clerk, or financial institutions staff. 

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Y. S.
◈ Studied BS in Customs Administration
◈ At PMI Colleges
◈ Graduated 2000

list bulletWhy did I choose Customs Administration: I had no idea at all of what Customs Administration course is all about. My high school friends encourages me to take up this course and transfer to their school.

list bulletAbout my college education: Customs administration course is very interesting. It is not all merely about taxation, logistics and transportation but a combination of different subject matter as an engineer, chemist, teacher and lawyer role in to one.

I have learned about the history of customs administration, how it got started and it's important role in our society and government when it comes on collecting taxes, prevention of smuggling and for public health and safety.

The most difficult subjects are the maritime law, common carriers law, and the warehouse receipt law which is essential in international trade in defining trade rules and their obligation over the merchandise. The tariff and customs law where you find to be the most useful in classifying of imported/exported goods subject to duties and taxes also in defining the restriction and rules on importation and exportation (freely importable goods, regulated goods absolutely prohibited articles).

list bulletMy current job: Currently I work as a Research Associates in the Office of International Cooperation in one of the famous Law Schools in the country. We also run our own brokerage firm.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Everything I have learned in college has become very useful to me, specially when it comes on coordination with our clients and with the government. Right now we are also running our own brokerage firm.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: In about a month or two. I become a documentation officer in the airfreight division of an Freight Forwarding company.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Customs Administration: Being familiar in transportation and logistics is an advantage on most companies specially to the business of importation and exportation. Knowing how to deal with the Bureau of Customs and also with other government agencies are the best qualification the importer, exporter, shipping line, forwarder and logistics provider seeks the most.

Its also recommended also as requisite to College of Law.
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