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BOC suspends import permit accreditation of Mighty Corporation

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:37 AM

ATTY. ALVIN EBREO, Legal Service Director, Bureau of Customs

ATTY. ALVIN EBREO, Legal Service Director – Bureau of Customs

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) suspended Mighty Corporation’s privilege to import materials and tobacco products.

This came after the BOC issued a preventive suspension order on the customs accreditation of the Mighty Corporation due to violations of the agency’s regulations.

It can be recalled that last month, the BOC seized cigarette products with fake tax stamps at the warehouses of Mighty Corporation in Zamboanga City, General Santos City and San Simon, Pampanga.

“First of all this, is a Senate report. This is an official document from the Senate. Another reason is the issuance of WSD or the warrant of seizure and detention a collector issued in Zamboanga in connection with the seizure of cigarettes, fake or counterfeit tax stamps,” said Atty. Alvin Ebreo, legal service director of BOC.

The Customs also has a document from the fiscal intelligence unit of the Department of Finance which reveals the undervaluation in the importation of cigarette-manufacturing materials of the Mighty Corporation which has reached more than P100 million.

The BOC said there is a need for a thorough investigation to determine the amount in duties and taxes that Mighty Corporation has to pay.

The agency had also issued a preventive suspension order against Mighty Corporation in January 2014 in connection with the Customs bonded warehouse privileges of the said firm.

“This record would show, it would appear na January 2014 na inisyu nila, time pa ni Commissioner Sevilla.  From that time on wala silang attempt na any request na motion for reconsideration perhaps to lift the preventive suspension (This record would show it would appear that in January 2014 this was issued. This was during the time of Commissioner Sevilla. From that time on they made no attempt to request a motion for reconsideration perhaps to lift the preventive suspension),” Atty. Ebreo said

The BOC is now waiting for the management of the Mighty Corporation to respond to the allegations.

“We are giving the Mighty Corporation the privilege or the right to have also the legal remedies for the possibility of restoring their accreditation privileges so possible that they might also file for a motion for reconsideration and present evidence,” said the Customs legal service director.

UNTV tried to get the side of the Mighty Corporation however, it refused to comment on the matter.  —  Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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BOC assures to restore majority of files destroyed by fire

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, 23 February 2019 03:47 PM

Bureau of Customs located at Port Area, Manila

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Manila will temporarily transfer its operations to the Customs’ gymnasium in South Harbor, Manila after a huge fire razed its building on Friday night.

Customs District Collector Rhea Gregorio on Saturday said the operations of the Formal Entry Division of the Port of Manila (POM) will be moved to the BOC’s gymnasium to ensure that its services will not be disrupted.

The fire that started around 9 p.m. at BOC’s POM building on Friday destroyed the third and fourth floors of the building, according to Gregorio.

She added that officials are hoping that the fire incident would not lead to delays in the release of shipments.

The BOC-Manila is currently coordinating with Asian Terminals Inc., and other nearby government offices, particularly the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to temporarily use their facilities to continue their operations.

Gregorio also assured the public that while the hard copies of the documents have been destroyed by the fire, they would be able to restore majority of their records in time.

This is through their computerized system and the duplicate copies of some of the documents.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said the blaze was put out at around 7 a.m. Saturday. Investigators are yet to provide details about the extent of the damage and the cause of fire. — Robie de Guzman

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Fire hits BOC building in Manila

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, 23 February 2019 10:34 AM

Fire hits the Bureau of Customs building in the Port of Manila | Photo credit: Philippine Red Cross

MANILA, Philippines — Flames engulfed the Bureau of Customs building at the Port of Manila on Friday night, February 22.

At least 30 firetrucks and several ambulances rushed to the site to battle the fire, according to BOC spokesperson, Erastus Austria.

“[We are] still determining [from] which office the fire originated,” Austria said in a series of messages sent to reporters.

“We are securing our personnel as of the moment,” he added.

The fire, which started around 9 p.m., reached fifth alarm past 10 p.m., according to the Bureau of Fire Protection Manila.

Thick smoke billowed and bright flames razed the top portion of the BOC building in Manila | Photo credit: Jirume Monta/BOC-PIO

Meanwhile, a lawmaker urged Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año to conduct an in-depth investigation into the incident.

Misamis Oriental Second district Representative Juliet Uy, said in a statement that Año should assign the best arson investigators on the case to thoroughly and scientifically investigate the cause of the fire.

“Given the notoriety of the Bureau of Customs for graft and corruption, it is understandable for the public to be skeptical about the cause of fire that has razed the offices of the Bureau of Customs at the Manila Bay Port Area,” the statement read.

“Their investigation must be meticulous, thorough and scientific,” she added.

Uy, a member of the House Committee on Public Order and Safety, also expressed hope that the fire will cause only minimal disruptions in BOC operations, especially at the Port Area which involves the business sector and the flow of goods in and out of the Manila harbor.

“Perhaps some of the operations can be transferred to the Manila International Container Port,”she suggested. “Maybe, if necessary, some shipments can be diverted to the Subic Bay or Batangas Port,” she concluded.

DILG Sec. Año has yet to issue any comment on the matter. — Robie de Guzman

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BOC hauls millions worth of fake branded goods, luxury car

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, 1 February 2019 11:14 AM

Fake branded apparel valued at P700 million were seized by authorities from a warehouse in
Binondo, Manila.

MANILA, Philippines – Tight customs screening yielded millions of pesos worth of fake branded goods and a luxury car in two separate operations by the Bureau of Customs (BOC).

A shipment, which arrived in the country on December 17, 2018, was declared to contain a forklift, a diesel engine and various household goods.

But the x-ray machine revealed what’s truly inside the shipment — a luxury sports car and a truck.

It was shipped from Japan and consigned to Pulilan Motors Truck Rebuilding.

BOC Spokesperson Atty. Erastus Dino Austria said they might destroy or auction the seized vehicles depending on the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We can auction it and the proceeds will be in favor of the government,” Austria said.

The owner of the shipment and customs broker Tomas James delos Santos are now facing charges for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

Meanwhile, customs agents inspected two units inside a warehouse of clothes in Binondo, Manila.

Authorities discovered some fake or imitations of a signature clothing brand being manufactured in the area.

Authorities were able to raid the warehouse after a representative of the known sports brand tipped the information.

Around 2,5000 sacks of various fake branded apparel valued at P700 million were seized by authorities.

The BOC continues its investigation to arrest the person responsible for such illegal manufacture of goods in violation of Republic Act 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.

“After ma-process ito ang ginagawa natin dito is destruction. Kasi nga hindi pwedeng auction, hindi rin pwedeng i-donate kasi considering na these are fake items,” explained Customs commissioner Guerrero.

“If these are allowed to end up in the hands of consumers, this will greatly affect ang mga brand owners,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)

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