BoC cites 3 firms as big contributors of revenues PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 11:31

The Bureau of Customs Zamboanga City District Office collected more than P4 million for August surpassing its target for the month.

BoC District Office Head Darwisa Schuck disclosed that among the big major contributors in the revenue remittance are Price Gas with its liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), Mega Plywood, exporter of plywood and importer of veneer woods and paste for plywoods and Permex Producers Exporter and Importer Corporation.

Schuck said BoC Zamboanga is expecting revenue collection increase from canned tuna exporter Big Fish Corporation that will soon to open and operate in Zamboanga City.

She explained that most canning factories in the city bring their raw materials to the city through transhipment.

By transhipment, the firms procure their materials from foreign countries and unload them at the Manila Port where they are loaded again to domestic vessels for shipment to Zamboanga City.

Meanwhile, Customs Police  District Commander SAII Broderick R. Izquierdo disclosed that his office is sometimes finding difficulties in enforcing the Customs law because of lack of personnel.

He said their area of jurisdiction is very big  — from Bongao, Tawi- Tawi, Jolo, Sulu, Basilan, Zamboanga City to Pagadian City. Presently Izquierdo has only eight personnel working in double shift capacity like Customs police and office works.

“My command is undermanned that is why I always thank the Philippine Navy Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command, Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime Police Unit 9 and other law enforcers for helping us in combating smuggling. We do not have an assets like patrolcraft or sea vessel to conduct a maritime patrol at sea to see if there is any entry of vessel  carrying contraband imported articles,” Izquierdo said.

He added that BoC Districts in the country are fortunate because Customs Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon has deputized officers or members of the Armed Forces or the Philippine National Police  to enforce the Customs and Tariff Code of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Izquierdo said his office cannot easily open any containerized van suspected of carrying contraband imported articles without following the law or its due process.

As required by law, the opening of containerized vans should be made in the presence of witnesses like the  consignee, shipping line representative, requesting party, Philippine Ports Authority representive, the alert order from higher office, BoC and other officials. —  Allen Abastillas