The Bureau of Customs (BOC) intensifies its drive against smuggled and substandard steel with the filing of charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the owners and customs brokers of two firms that attempted to illegally import steel products worth close to P31 million.
The Bureau of Customs has, for the first time in recent history, suspended the accreditation of a number of importers and brokers for repeatedly failing to describe their imports.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) welcomes the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) by the Supreme Court that stops the enforcement of a ruling handed down by Branch 16 of the Regional Trial Court in Davao City. The TRO from the Supreme Court bars the enforcement of an order issued by RTC Branch 16 Judge Emmanuel Carpio last December 12, 2013, that restrains the District Collector of the BOC in the Port of Davao from seizing, alerting or holding rice shipments of petitioner Joseph Ngo, a businessman who purchased rice imported by Starcraft International Trading Corporation.
The Bureau of Customs seizes P800M worth of fake footwear, bags, and suitcases from two warehouses on Tuesday.
The Bureau of Customs warns the public against internet scams where victims are befriended online and then promised packages containing gifts and even money that they will be sent and received in exchange for payment of supposedly customs duties and taxes.
Four months after rolling out President Aquino’s reform program for the Bureau of Customs, emerging cash collections by the agency for the months of November 2013 to January 2014 registered a 19.26% growth rate over the comparable period in 2012 to 2013. This is a significant improvement from the pre-reform period growth of 4.76% in January 2013 to October 2013.
The Department of Finance and Bureau of Customs launch today the Customs ng Bayan website www.dof.gov.ph/customsngbayan, a portal for data and information on customs importations extracted from BOC’s Electronic-to-Mobile (e2m) system.
Customs is publishing a list of almost every importation into the Philippines in December 2013. Going forward, they intend to publish a list every month.
Each item in the list represents a specific quantity (measured by weight) of a specific item that was imported by a specific importer on a specific day. The list- 88,006 items in December 2013 alone- is organized by major product groups, using the Harmonized Standard (HS) Code classification system. For each item, we include information such as a description of the item imported, its HS code number and standard HS code description, what country the item came from, its value, and the amount of duties and taxes collected on that item.
Donated relief goods are exempted from import duties provided they are properly consigned to DSWD or to any DSWD-accredited organization. In addition, the exemption is granted through a documentation and recording process. It is the mandate of the Bureau of Customs to record all items imported into the Philippines.
Revenue collections by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) maintains double-digit growth for the third month in a row despite on-going changes at the agency. For the month of September alone, revenues generated by the BOC reached P25.841 billion, up 11.3% versus the same month in 2012.