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Philippines Customs collection drops 0.7% in Oct

MANILA: Customs collection fell for the fourth straight month in October, pulled down by lower prices of petroleum products, the agency said over the weekend. Preliminary data from the Bureau of Customs showed import tariff collection fell 0.7 percent in October to P31.8 billion from P34.2 billion in the same month last year. It also dropped from P32.65 billion collected ... Read More »

Philippines may hike rice imports to 1.3 mln tons during H1 of 2016

MANILA: In light of the damage caused by Typhoon “Lando” to rice plantations in vast portions of Central Luzon, the Philippines may have to import an additional 1.3 million metric tonnes of the food staple during the first half of next year, Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M Balisacan said yesterday. Balisacan told reporters that based on the estimates of the ... Read More »

Talisay Custom’s collector survives car attack

TALISAY: A Customs official survived an ambush while riding home to Talisay City. Two men on a motorbike fired at his vehicle, injuring the driver, past 7:30 p.m. on Rabaya Street, Nonoc in barangay Tabanok. Gerardo Ocampo, 38,  the customs port collector of the Mactan Cebu International Airport, was on board his Toyota Hilux  driven by  Proto Bulias and a ... Read More »

Philippine inflation hits 0.4% in Oct

MANILA: The Philippines has registered 0.4 percent inflation rate in October, the same rate as seen in previous month, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Thursday. Inflation reached 4.3 percent in October last year. “Mixed movements in the annual growths were posted among the commodity groups,” PSA said. The indices for alcoholic beverages and tobacco; clothing and footwear; health; and ... Read More »

Chua Customs rejects RM400m worth of claims

MANILA: Chua applauds the Customs for taking an ‘inform enforcement’ measure or giving guidelines to companies instead of giving penalties. Some RM400 million worth of input tax claims has been rejected by the Royal Malaysian Customs since the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was implemented on April 1, 2015, due to lack of understanding of claims’ requirement. Deputy Finance Minister ... Read More »

Port of Cebu Customs ready to confiscate used tires

MANILA: The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Cebu will soon issue a warrant of seizure and detention for the custody of the used tires which were seized from a warehouse in barangay Subangdaku, Mandaue City. Lawyer Kenneth Sesante, chief of staff for BOC Port of Cebu, said that JV Tire Supply and Magwheels failed to present documents that they ... Read More »

Philippiness Customs reshuffle set

MANILA: Up to 150 Bureau of Customs (BOC) personnel nationwide will be transferred to other units as the agency shifts to full computerization to do away with unnecessary export and import procedures, Customs Commissioner Alberto D. Lina said. Lina told reporters that the reshuffle would be done “anytime soon,” even as such move was still under review by Department of ... Read More »

Philippines Customs confiscates 31,000 packs of illegal cigarettes

MANILA: A raid conducted by the Philippine Bureau of Customs on October 15, 2015 resulted in the confiscation of more than 31,000 packs of counterfeit Philip Morris cigarettes. The Customs Bureau’s website confirmed this successful campaign which it initiated after receiving information that counterfeit Philip Morris cigarettes were smuggled into the country. Acting on the basis of a Letter of ... Read More »

Philippines police seize shabu worth P3.8m

MANILA: Police raided yesterday afternoon the house of two suspected big-time drug smugglers and seized more than P3 million worth of illegal drugs in Barangay Pitalo, San Fernando. Ruel Garces and Leonardo Gesnan, however, evaded operatives of the San Fernando Police Station, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 7 and Cebu City Police Office-City Intelligence Branch (CIB). The joint raiding team ... Read More »

Philippines Customs seals warehouse at Cebu Port

MANILA: Bureau of Customs officials in Cebu sealed on Wednesday the warehouse in the city that was tagged as the source of four cargo containers loaded with used tires, which were illegally withdrawn from the port of Cebu. Cebu District Collector Arnulfo Marcos and his chief of staff, Kenneth Kern Sesante, said the four containers were part of a total ... Read More »

Philippine customs seizes counterfeit Philip Morris cigarettes

MANILA: A raid conducted by the Philippine Bureau of Customs resulted in the confiscation of more than 31,000 packs of counterfeit Philip Morris cigarettes. The Customs Bureau’s website confirmed this successful campaign which it initiated after receiving information that counterfeit Philip Morris cigarettes were smuggled into the country. Acting on the basis of a Letter of Authority signed by the ... Read More »

Philippines Customs collection down P32.6b in Sept

MANILA: Depressed import prices pulled down the Bureau of Customs’ revenue collections by more than a fifth last month, although the agency remained optimistic it could meet its target by year-end. In a statement, Customs said it collected P32.65 billion in September, down 0.8 percent from last year’s P32.9 billion and was also 20.6 percent lower against the P41.109-billion target ... Read More »

Philippines customs seals warehouse tagged in tire smuggling

CEBU CITY: Bureau of Customs officials in Cebu sealed the warehouse in the city that was tagged as the source of four cargo containers loaded with used tires, which were illegally withdrawn from the port of Cebu. Cebu District Collector Arnulfo Marcos and his chief of staff, Kenneth Kern Sesante, said the four containers were part of a total of ... Read More »

Philippines customs collections decline to P32.6B in Sep

MANILA: Depressed import prices pulled down the Bureau of Customs’ revenue collections by more than a fifth last month, although the agency remained optimistic it could meet its target by year-end. In a statement, Customs said it collected P32.65 billion in September, down 0.8 percent from last year’s P32.9 billion and was also 20.6 percent lower against the P41.109-billion target ... Read More »

Philippines Port authorities ‘disturbing silence’ on rice smuggling

MANILA: A group advocating good governance has slammed officials of the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) for their “disturbing silence” on reports of alleged rice smuggling at the Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. (HCPTI). “Why are they allowing incidents of rice smuggling to happen right under their noses? The case of 3,000 missing bags of rice from Vietnam should have alarmed ... Read More »

Philippines Customs tracks down 15 missing container vans

MANILA: Fifteen container vans stored at the Cebu International Port (CIP) were  illegally withdrawn from June to July, said officials. Four of the missing vans which contain used tires were found by officials of the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Cebu at a rented warehouse in Albano St., Cebu City. Lawyer Kenneth Kern Sesante, chief of staff in the Port ... Read More »

Philippines police nab three drug smugglers

MANILA: Police arrested three suspected drug pushers and seized more than P1 million worth of illegal drugs in separate operations in Cebu City and Consolacion in the past two days. Last Monday at 6:30 p.m., operatives of the Cebu City Intelligence Branch (CIB) caught Jerry Delgado, 44, and Kent Bryan Atienza, 35, in a buy-bust on Sunset Drive Ext., Barangay ... Read More »

Customs Bureau arrests past politician in smuggling case

MANILA: In the past some politicians raised campaign funds from drug trafficking, but now they turn to smuggling. A great example is this former vice mayor in Mindoro, who is a known smuggler of sugar and has the guts to run for a congressional seat in next year’s elections. A Bureau of Customs (BOC) insider, who asked not to be ... Read More »

Philippines Customs collects P32.1 billion revenue last month

MANILA: Revenue collections by the Bureau of Customs contracted in September for a second month in a row as the peso depreciation failed to offset the impact of declining oil prices, preliminary data showed. According to figures obtained by The STAR,  the BOC collected P32.1 billion last month, 0.8 percent down from the previous year’s P32.9 billion and nine percent ... Read More »

Philippines Customs proposes to find revenue loss reasons

MANILA: The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading the proposed Customs Modernization and Tariff Act to address smuggling and eliminate the country’s major causes of revenue losses. House Bill 5525, which Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. identified as one of the priority measures of the 16th Congress, is a legislation to make the Tariff and Customs Code ... Read More »