Oil, cigarettes, luxury vehicles, top 3 products that cause gov’t revenue losses
admin • February 15, 2017 • 2859
PHILIPPINES — Aside from the millions of pesos worth of smuggled agricultural products like rice and onions, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) is also now looking into reports that three major commodities have been causing billions of pesos in revenue losses
Based on BOC’s statistical data on smuggling, the government’s revenue losses reaches $3.85 billion or P165.5 billion yearly due to smuggling of luxury cars, oil, fuel, cigarette and tobacco.
The Development Budget Coordination Committee (DBCC) is always short of P50 billion of the P467.9 billion annual revenue target yearly due to smuggling of the aforementioned products.
“If we don’t declare the right value, we will also be getting wrong duties and taxes and that’s what we are investigating right now,” said BOC spokesperson Col. Neil Anthony Estrella.
Smugglers usually misdeclare, undervalue, and mis-classify products to avoid paying the right amount of taxes and duties.
The BOC is now coordinating with other government agencies in addressing smuggling especially of petroleum products.
“With oil and fuel smuggling, one of our weaknesses is the wide coastal areas,” said Col. Estrella.
He added that the BOC and all enforcement agencies including maritime law enforcement units, are working together in strengthening the country’s borders.
The BOC also noted that because of the smuggling which resulted in uncollected taxes, many government agencies and government projects are not being given enough funds.
BOC already has the list of companies that are allegedly involved in smuggling. The agency is ready to file cases against them once proven that they have ties with brokers and importers in illegal importation of products to the country. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News and Rescue
MANILA, Philippines — Two persons who allegedly claimed a parcel containing P600,000 worth of Kush Marijuana were arrested by authorities, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.
The BOC identified the two as Van Joshua Magpantay and Johnyengle Hernandez who were arrested on Saturday by agents from the bureau, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG).
They were apprehended in a vape shop in Lipa City, Batangas during a controlled delivery operation jointly conducted by the BOC, PDEA, and IADITG.
The BOC said the parcel, which arrived thru Fedex Pasay City, was sent by a certain Nina Manual from California, USA.
It was misdeclared as “musical instruments” and consigned to a certain “Dimitria Escalona” of Batangas.
When subjected to x-ray scanning and physical examination, the parcel was found to contain two vacuum-sealed transparent plastics of 500 grams of dried leaves later identified as high-grade marijuana, also known as Kush.
“The apprehended claimants and seized dangerous drugs are now under the custodial investigation of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for filing of criminal charges for violation of Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 and Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act,” the BOC said in a statement.
The latest apprehension follows the seizure of P1 million worth of ecstasy tablets in Central Mail Exchange Center, it added.
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Monday said its operatives have seized a package containing a total of 20 endangered tarantula spiders and eight scorpions allegedly smuggled through Central Mail Exchange Center.
The BOC said 28 plastic containers individually housing the tarantulas and scorpions were found upon opening of the package on January 6.
Bureau records show that the package from Samut Parakain, Thailand was misdeclared as “teaching equipment,” and imported without the necessary permits.
The tarantulas and scorpions were immediately transferred and turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit (DENR WTMU) for rehabilitation and care, the BOC said.
Illegal importation, collection and trade of endangered wildlife are punishable by imprisonment of six years and a fine of P200,000.00 under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act.
The unlawful importation of goods with appraised value of more than P250,000 including duties and taxes is also punishable under the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.
Last October 2020, the BOC-NAIA also intercepted 119 tarantulas from Poland which were concealed in a pair of rubber shoes.
MANILA, Philippines — A total of 535 pieces of ecstasy tablets inside an air parcel was intercepted at the Central Mail Exchange Center (CMEC) with a street value of P1-M , the Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported.
The seized tablets were initially discovered by Customs personnel at CMEC during the 100% physical examination of the air parcel.
Subsequent laboratory tests conducted by the PDEA confirmed the tablets as Ecstasy or “party drugs”.
Records further show that the subject air parcel came from the Netherlands and was misdeclared as “documents”.
The operation was a collaboration among members of the BOC Port of NAIA, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group (NAIA-IADITG).
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