Former BOC commissioner suggests ways to conduct container inspection at BOC

admin   •   August 14, 2017   •   2983

MANILA, Philippines — At least 10,000 containers pass through the Bureau of Customs (BOC) every day.

Because of this volume, BOC admits it is impossible to conduct physical inspection and verification on each container.

In an episode of Get It Straight with Daniel Razon, Muntinlupa Representative Ruffy Biazon suggested that the BOC should have pre-shipment inspections.

This will require inspection of all shipments right upon arrival at the port before loading them to containers.

“Our current system does not give us any idea on what is inside the container except through the importer’s declaration because not all shipments are subject to 100% inspection,” said Rep. Bianzon.

Biazon believes there is a need to install additional x-ray machines in the premises of BOC however, the space in the bureau is limited.

“Currently, an x-ray is a stand alone unit. The only person seeing it in real time is the operator,” said Biazon.

So the operator can turn a blind eye?” asked Kuya Daniel Razon.

“Exactly! Our proposal is, once the Customs clearance system is upgraded, the x-ray recording is put online so there will be an oversight,” said Biazon

“So, somebody else can see it,” added Razon.

Biazon sees one solution to the problem is to dissolve the BOC and create a new agency.

He believes somebody has to be held liable in the ongoing controversy of shipment of illegal drugs into the country.

Nevertheless, Biazon believes the issue is not enough reason to remove Commissioner Faeldon from office.

Will you support your colleagues calling for Faeldon to resign?

“No. I don’t join the call for his resignation. I never believed for calling someone’s resignation unless there are solid pieces of evidence. At this point, I don’t see any solid evidence that Commissioner Faeldon allowed drugs to come in,” Biazon explained.
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Customs destroys P50-million worth of smuggled cigarettes in Zamboanga

Robie de Guzman   •   April 15, 2021

 

Operatives from the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Zamboanga destroyed some P50 million worth of smuggled cigarettes in a warehouse in Barangay Baliwasan.

The BOC said the smuggled cigarettes destroyed on April 13 were seized in separate operations since December 2020.

The bureau, together with representatives from different partner agencies, destroyed more than 1,278 master cases and 513 reams of cigarettes.

The seized cigarettes were crushed by payloader equipment in an outdoor yard, soaked with used oil to prevent recycling, dispersed with water by firemen, and disposed of in the sanitary landfill in Brgy. Salaan, it added.

The destruction and disposal of cigarettes is reported to be the first condemnation activity of the Port for this year.

The condemnation ceremony was witnessed by the local government unit, heads of partner law enforcement agencies, a representative from the Commission on Audit, Department of Health, and stakeholders, the BOC said.

“The immediate destruction and disposal of such contrabands was a firm directive from Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero to promote transparency and remove doubts of corruption, theft, or pilferage in the agency,” it added.

BOC, BIR to start field testing enforcement on fuel products on April 26

Marje Pelayo   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) have announced their intention to begin Field Testing Enforcement activities on fuel products beginning April 26.

The testing covers gasoline, diesel, and kerosene found in warehouses, storage tanks, gas stations, other retail outlets, and in such other properties, to check if they contain the required Fuel Marker level.

Vessels, tank trucks, and similar fuel transporting vehicles will also be covered by the enforcement activities.

Under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, petroleum products found without the Official Fuel Marker or not containing the required level of the Official Fuel Marker are subject to payment of duties and taxes, as well as appropriate fines and penalties.

The payment is without prejudice to the confiscation and forfeiture of such Unmarked or Diluted Fuel and the filing of the appropriate criminal case.

The Field Testing process will be done using Mobile Laboratory Units equipped with analyzers capable of detecting the Official Fuel Marker’s presence in any fuel sample.

The test result will be generated on-site and will indicate a pass or fail result. Products with failed results will be subjected to Confirmatory Testing in the Fuel Testing Facility.

For purposes of transparency, the owner of the fuel or his representative will be allowed to witness the Field and Confirmatory Testing.

The two Bureaus began the Transitory Field Testing activities in February this year and will continue until April 26, 2021.

Under the Transitory Field Testing, sample fuels from retail stations and tank trucks in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces were tested to determine the marker levels in the fuel supply available in the domestic market.

The Fuel Marking Program aims to raise revenues while curbing fuel smuggling and leveling the Philippine oil industry.

Beginning its implementation in September 2019 to December 2020, the BOC and BIR marked a total of 17.55 billion liters of fuel and have collected Php171.72 billion in duties and taxes under the program.

Customs seizes P3-M worth of ecstasy pills, Kush marijuana in air parcels

Robie de Guzman   •   April 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday said it has confiscated ecstasy tablets and Kush marijuana estimated to worth over P3 million at different warehouses in Pasay City.

In a statement, the BOC said operatives from Customs-Port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) through the Port’s Anti-Illegal Drugs Task Force, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group seized the illegal drugs that were found concealed in air parcels.

A total of 1,681 tablets of ecstasy with an estimated street value of P2,857,700 were found inside a microwave oven, while 133 grams of Kush Marijuana estimated at P159,600 was found inside a metal toy box.

In sum, the seized ecstasy and marijuana have an aggregate value of P3,017,300, the BOC said.

Based on records, the bureau said the seized ecstasy was shipped from the Netherlands and consigned to a recipient from Quezon City, while the intercepted Kush marijuana was shipped from the USA and consigned to a certain individual from Pasay City.

The BOC said the parcels have been turned over to the PDEA on Tuesday for case profiling and build up for possible violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act (Republic Act 9165) in relation to Section 119 (Restricted Importation) and Section1401 (Unlawful Importation) of Republic Act 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

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