P12.92-B worth of smuggled goods seized from January to October – BOC

Robie de Guzman

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.

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