Customs welcomes Supreme Court TRO on Davao illegal rice 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.

Commissioner Sevilla: Initial results of Customs reform encouraging

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.

Statement: The Customs Commissioner on the publication of import data for December 2013

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.

Customs Advisory: On duty exemption of imported donated relief goods and equipment

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.