P12.92-B worth of smuggled goods seized from January to October – BOC
Robie de Guzman • November 21, 2019 • 276
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday reported it has confiscated around P12.92 billion worth of smuggled goods from January to October this year.
In a statement, the BOC said most of these items were illegal drugs, counterfeit goods, and cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero said the BOC was able to intercept the entry of shabu shipments worth P2.96 billion in three separate incidents, while other illegal substances worth P151.74 million were also seized during the January to October period.
In a report submitted to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III, Guerrero said that as of October 24, the bulk of the goods seized were mostly fake products worth P7.81 billion, which were intercepted in 14 separate incidents in various ports.
Guerrero also reported during a recent Department of Finance (DOF) Executive Committee (Execom) meeting that the BOC also confiscated cigarettes and other tobacco products valued at P1.69 billion, along with P107.59 million worth of agricultural products.
The other seized goods were vehicles and accessories worth P67.25 million; used clothing valued at P54.66 million; steel products, P12.61 million; general merchandise valued at P9.39 million; and other products, P58.20 million.
Guerrero said that as of October this year, the BOC has also filed 20 cases against illegal operations that impede the bureau’s revenue collections and revoked the accreditation of 16o importers and 20 brokers in line with its anti-corruption campaign.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Internal Revenue reported during the DOF meeting its efforts to improve tax administration with the temporary closure of 567 establishments from January to September this year under its Oplan Kandado program.
BIR deputy commissioner Arnel Guballa said this represents a 346.45 percent increase over the 127 closures the bureau had implemented in the previous year.
“As a result, the BIR was able to collect P798.7 million in taxes from the delinquent establishments over the January-October 2019 period,” Guballa said.
“The amount is P444.9 million or 125.75 percent higher than the previous year’s collections of P353.8 million under the Oplan Kandado program,” he added.
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC), together with the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI), said it has completed the disposal of a shipment of food items that were tainted with African Swine Fever (ASF).
The BOC said the shipment, which included food products such as pork-chicken balls, dumplings, and roast chicken wings were disposed of using a heat-assisted method called thermolysis or thermal decomposition at the facility of Integrated Waste Management at Trece Martirez in Cavite on February 7.
The bureau said the food shipment, consigned to Dynamic M Intl Trading Inc., arrived at the Manila International Container Port (MCIP) on December 11, 2019, from China.
An alert order was issued on the container on December 17.
The shipment was initially inspected by the Customs at the Designated Examination Area in MICP and was transferred to the consignee’s warehouse at Goldkey Bldg, Toklong, Kawit, Cavite for the conduct of 100% physical examination by the interagency team.
“It was seized last January 24, 2020, after the Veterinary Quarantine Services of BAI found a sample of the pork-celery dumpling to be ASF-positive,” the BOC added.
The bureau assured that the food items were first disinfected by the BAI before these were transported to the Integrated Waste Management Facility for disposal.
The Philippines is set to return 50 containers of trash from the Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) back to South Korea within the month.
According to the Bureau of Customs (BOC), over 6,000 tons of waste from South Korea were shipped into the Philippines in 2018. They were declared plastic waste but was reported to contain mixed non-biodegradable waste.
The first shipment of re-exportation was successfully done in January 13, 2019 which included 51 containers.
“Additional batches shall be re-exported on February 16 and February 23 which shall bring the total re-exported wastes to 201 containers and shall finally rid the country of the illegally imported wastes,” MICT Port Collector John Simon said in a statement.
Simon said that once the total of 6,500 tons of trash is returned, the Philippines will still ask South Korea to pay for damages after violating the Basel Convention.
Simon also stressed that the Bureau shall remain firm in its commitment of protecting the country’s borders from the entry of any illegal shipments including wastes that are harmful to the environment.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday said it has expedited the processing of shipments containing face masks amid increasing demand for surgical masks and other personal protective gear in view of the continuing threat of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In a statement, the BOC said that since the discovery of the COVID-19, the bureau has been rushing the release of shipments of face masks in a bid to help secure the public from the deadly coronavirus strain.
Data from the bureau showed that 210 cartons, 10 boxes, 5 packages, and 115 pieces of face/surgical masks were released from January to February 2020.
In Port of Davao, there were 210 cartons and 5 packages of face/surgical masks released in January 2020.
“Another 10 boxes and 115 pieces of face/surgical masks were also released on February 12, 2020 from the Port of NAIA,” the BOC said.
“The improved processing of importations of face masks is part of the Bureau’s commitment to serve public interest and provide them with immediate assistance and support as it continues to perform its mandate of facilitating trade, strengthening border protection and collecting revenues,” it added.
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