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BOC suspends import permit accreditation of Mighty Corporation

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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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HOR briefs on release of 105 ‘questionable’ containers from Manila Port

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Manila Port (UNTV News)

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The House Committee on Ways and Means held a briefing Tuesday, May 15, on the incidents surrounding the release of 105 questionable containers from the port of Manila.

The said containers were under alert order previously issued by Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena.

According to Manila Port district collector Atty. Erastus Austria, the said containers arrived in the country within the period of January to March this year.

Based on initial investigation, the containers were able to exit the port using fake documents. The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is currently looking into a possible conspiracy between the consignee and some Customs personnel.

During the briefing, Sultan Kudarat Representative Horacio Suansing Jr. cited that perhaps the reason why the containers were easily allowed exit was because Commissioner Lapeña issued a manual alert instead of the agency’s electronic alert system.

For the part of BOC, Deputy Commissioner Natalio Etroma defended Lapeña saying the agency’s electronic alert system that time was slow so the Commissioner, with his authority, issued a manual alert.

As of this writing, the BOC has no report yet as to what items are inside the containers.

The Lower House will set the formal hearing once the members of the Committee submit their resolution on the issue to find out who were behind the release of the questionable containers. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Over P33-M worth of undervalued items seized at Manila Port

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, May 7th, 2018

Container vans loaded with a variety of products

(UPDATED) MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) seized five 40-feet container vans of undervalued and misdeclared items worth P33 million during a ground inspection at the Port of Manila, Monday, May 7.

The container vans were loaded with a variety of products ranging from rice, housewares, e-cigarettes to cosmetics, shoe imitations and car wheel rims — all shipped from China.

Some were declared as grocery items and glass cups but when checked, the actual products were toiletries and vapes that were not certified by the Food And Drug Administration (FDA.)

A selection of confiscated items will be auctioned off while some will be destroyed by BOC.

According to Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña, the regular ground inspection is the agency’s measure against smuggling. – Mai Bermudez | UNTV News & Rescue

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Former trade official suggests returning smuggled goods to country of origin

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Former Trade Undersecretary Victorio Mario Dimagiba

MANILA, Philippines – Former Trade Undersecretary Vic Dimagiba suggested returning all smuggled goods to its country of origin.

His proposal to the Bureau of Customs (BOC) was prompted by the successive interception of smuggled goods, particularly rice and onions, valued at hundreds of millions of pesos.

Dimagiba said returning the goods would minimize corruption in the agency.

“For as long as it stays there, iyong mga ‘operator,’ papasok na iyan dyan (sasabihin), ‘Boss, gawan natin ng paraan mailalabas natin yan’,” he said.

(For as long as it stays there, so-called “operators” will take the opportunity to solicit bribes in exchange for the shipment’s release saying, “Boss, let’s find a way to release these.”)

But according to BOC, the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippine and the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act has no provision for returning smuggled shipment. The government also has no means to shoulder the shipping cost. BOC also believes that government has ways to apprehend the smugglers once the shipment reaches the country.

“Kapag nakita natin na may ibang laman mas maganda po yun kasi ipo- prosecute natin sila,” Carmelita Valeroso, the OIC of CIIC-MICP-BOC

(If we discover that contents have been misdeclared, that’s actually  better because we can prosecute them.)

Dimagiba suggests that BOC should be more strict and apply the pre-shipping inspection system right there in the country of origin before shipping to the Philippines, like what the agency is doing now with cement products.

“Pagdating mo dito meron ka nang certificate. Kukuha ka nalang ng sample sa mga hardware to verify kung tama o hindi,” Dimagiba said.

(When you arrive here, you already have a certificate. All you have to do is get a sample from the hardware to verify if its correct or not.) — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

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