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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

BOC wants Subic locators’ imports scanned


The Bureau of Customs (BOC) plans to scan all shipments in Subic Freeport including its locators to plug revenue leakage and prevent the entry of anti-social goods.

Subic Bay Freeport locators including Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp. (HHIC) are exempted from duties and taxes, the BOC on orders made by President Arroyo wanted to implement the scanning of all shipments to ensure that the government is not being deprived of the rightful taxes.

Ray Gregorio, Subic x-ray scanning assistant chief said the locators are allowed only of certain volume of importations for use in their export products.

“As of now we are not scanning the imports of locators because they insist that they are covered by Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and we in Customs have no authority over them.” He said.

HE further said that in the case of Hanjin, they do not have people manning its importations since the firm also has its own terminal; all shipments were brought directly to Hanjin.

“We can not be sure that all the locators’ imports were not taken out or brought into the local market. Since we are for transparency, why can’t we just allow x-ray scanning since it’s the practice in almost all the countries,” he added.

The bureau’s scanning project is aimed at enforcing the Section 1 of EO 660 which requires all importations of registered businesses and enterprises or locators with the SBMA in excess of their requirements of their registered business or authorized activity consisting of raw materials, capital goods and equipment are subject to the payment of taxes and customs duties in accordance of existing customs and tax laws.

Gregorio claimed that locators would not be spared from paying container security fee which is being implemented to cover the loan for acquiring the x-ray machines and for the cost of x-ray operation.

The CSF is mandatory payments under EO 592.

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