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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Bureau blackballs 23 import firms

The Customs bureau has placed under its blacklist 23 firms suspected to be fictitious importers.

The firms were identified as Stone Global Phils., Asiatrics Enterprises, Olongapo Home Builder, Olmea Trading, Richful Trading, Fil-Wood Enterprise, Wren Enterprise, Goging Trading, Juvenic Ventures, Start Rich International, Kostech Corp., Lowcost Integrated Marketing Inc., Alma Pacita Enterprise, Laihee’s Trading, Azon General Merchandise Co., UK Duke Inc., Derubaru Trading Corp., Universal Feedmill Corp., Central Luzon Swine and Poultry, Queensland Fashion, Strong Ally Enterprises Maxqing Enterprises, and World of Tiles.

Lawyer Rolando Ligon Jr., assistant customs commissioner, said the Post Entry Audit Group could not locate their stated business location.

“When we served the notices, we just saw fields, vacant and abandoned lots in their given addresses,” said Ligon, post entry audit head, adding that barangay officials certified that there were no offices around.

“It is also possible that the office was there during the time when they filed an accreditation...but they should inform us about the transfer of the office location,” said Ligon. “These importers can no longer transact with the bureau.”

Commissioner Napoleon Morales said he would not let the lapse pass.

“We will have this investigated,” he said, ordering the Management Information System Technical Group under Deputy Commissioner Alexander Arevalo to identify the Customs officials who made the accreditations of the 23 firms.

Morales recently formed Customs Committee on Accreditation to tighten the screws on importers that manage to give the bureau a slip.

“We hope to remove fly-by-night and fictitious importers by cleansing our current list of accredited importers,” he said. By Joel E. Zurbano - Manila Standard Today

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