BOC generates over P1-B revenue from auctioning overstaying cargoes
Robie de Guzman • January 22, 2021 • 520
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) said it has collected more than P1 billion worth of revenues from the disposal of overstaying containers last year.
In a statement issue Thursday, the BOC said its Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group, Auction and Cargo Disposal Division and auction and cargo disposal units of all collection districts disposed a total of 3,514 overstaying containers from January to December 2020.
“The disposition of overstaying containers resulted in revenue generation of P1,076,588,805.44 from public auction of 1,898 containers of assorted items such as TV, Tiles, Plywood, among others, and condemnation of 1,346 containers and donation of the remaining 270 containers,” the bureau said.
The BOC said that the disposal of overstaying cargoes will help improve the ease of doing business in the bureau, and decongestion of ports and yards.
Overstaying containers are either seized or abandoned.
Under Customs Memorandum Order 10-2020, overstaying cargoes for more than 30 days from the date of discharge which have not been withdrawn within the specified period of time shall be tagged abandoned. Upon finality of the Decree of Abandonment, the Bureau shall then make the proper determination as to its disposition.
Under Section 1141 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, goods subject to disposition may be donated, declared for official use by the Bureau, or sold at public auction, while goods suitable for shelter, or consisting of foodstuffs, clothing materials, or medicines may be donated to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Finance (DOF) has ordered the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to heighten its security against pork smuggling .
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III wants a tighter watch over the possible misdeclaration or misclassification of pork shipments entering the country.
The order was issued after President Duterte approved in principle the recommendation of the Department of Agriculture (DA) to expand the minimum access volume (MAV) allocation for pork imports.
Dominguez said some importers may misdeclare their pork shipments to avoid paying higher import duties. The current tariff on pork within the MAV is at 30 percent, while off-quota imports are taxed a higher 40 percent.
“Edible offal (entrails) of bovine animals, such as swine, sheep and goats are taxed much lower, which some importers may declare [for their] prime pork shipments to avoid paying higher import duties,” the DOF said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero assured that the bureau has been closely monitoring the imports of meat products, including pork and chicken. AAC
MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs-Port of Clark reported the seizure of two black plastic packs of shabu with a weight of 1,000 grams and an estimated value of P6.8 million concealed inside an imported Air Fryer from Sha Alam, Malaysia.
The shipment, which arrived on February 16, was declared as “Air Fryer, Silkware”.
Physical examination led to the discovery of two frying pans and one air fryer.
Meanwhile, x-ray examination revealed the presence of organic substance inside the lid of the air fryer.
The Customs examiner opened the same where he found two black plastic packs containing crystalline substances which were later confirmed to be methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu after laboratory testing and chemical analysis.
The claimant was arrested on February 19 through a Warrant of Seizure and Detention issued by District Collector Atty. Ruby Alameda.
He is now facing a case for violation of Section 4 (Importation of Dangerous Drugs) in relation to Section 26a , Article II of RA 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported it has apprehended smuggled cigarettes and medicines worth P13 million in a series of operations recently launched in Parañaque City.
The BOC said the items, allegedly smuggled from China, were confiscated in separate operations in two storage facilities located in Tambo last February 16 and 19.
The first operation yielded an estimated value of P4 Million while the subsequent operation yielded an estimated P9 Million worth of cigarettes and medicines which are suspected to be used to treat COVID-19, the bureau added.
The BOC said operations were launched by operatives from its Manila International Container Ports (MICP) Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Service, in coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard and the National Bureau of Investigation.
“Further investigation is underway to determine those responsible for the storage facility,” the agency said in a statement.
Charges for violation of section 1400 of Republic Act 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act may be filed against those behind the smuggled items, the BOC said.
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