BoC Zambo lacks men to inspect private wharves PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 02 July 2011 17:21

Zamboanga City Customs District Collector Abubakar M. Hamad said yesterday that his office does not have enough personnel to conduct inspection of the different private wharves in the city to  enforce the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines and collect revenues for the entry of  imported articles.

Hamad said most of his senior officers and personnel have retired from government service.

He expressed hope that the Bureau of Customs central office will fill in the gap and recruit new customs officers for the Zamboanga City Port.
Hamad said that enforcing the TCCP  and conducting inspection is very risky and requires good preparation. This is  the reason his office has been asking for support from the Philippine National Police  and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Hamad thanked the military and the police for providing security to his office in combatting smuggling.

Section 2203 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines provides that persons having police authority for the enforcement of the Tariff and Customs laws are authorized to enforce, conduct searches, seizures and arrest conformably with the provision of the laws.

Customs officials and personnel are authorized to enforce the TCCP. — Allen Abastillas