Cebu Customs to intensify campaign against untaxed vehicles

February 1, 2012 11:02 am 

CEBU CITY, Feb. 1 – An official of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Cebu has said the agency will intensify the apprehension of untaxed motor vehicles, some of which are believed to be running in Metro Cebu.

Cebu Customs District Collector Ronnie Silvestre said said Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon also ordered the strict monitoring of customs-bonded warehouses because of revenue leakages, such as diverting products to the local markets in violation of the Tariff and Customs Code.

Silvestre said Biazon also instructed them to confiscate fake AFTA (Asia Free Trade Agreement) accreditation used to get zero tariff and the fake invoices, which are illegally used to reduce taxes.

Silvestre said the Port of Cebu’s total 2011 collection was P8.094 billion or a surplus of P94 million, against the P8-billion target.

”For this year, we have to work harder because the target of the entire Bureau of Customs for 2012 is P365 billion, so we have to collect P1 billion a day. I am thankful to these top importers and exporters for paying huge taxes,” Silvestre said.

The top Cebu importers in 2011 are Seaoil Phils, Inc., Steel Asia Manufacturing Corp., Kepco-SPC Power Corp., Petron Corp., Ad-Ken Trading, Maxima Machineries Inc., Carmen Copper Corp., A.D. Gothong Manufacturing Corp., Ajinomoto Phils. Corp., and Petronas Energy Phils. Inc.

They have a combined tax payment of P3.145 billion.

The top exporters are Carmen Copper Corp., Profood International Corp., CP Kelco Phils. Inc., Shemberg Marketing Corp., Newtech Pulp Inc., FMC Marine Colloids Phils., PEBA Trading and Manufacturing Corp., Cenapro Chemical Corp., 7D Food International Corp. and Dedon Manufacturing Corp.

They paid a total amount of P238.559 million.

The other top exporters who are locators of Mactan Economic Zone (Mez) are Tsuneishi Heavy Industries (Cebu) Inc., Cebu Mitsumi Inc., Lexmark International, Lear Automotive, Muramoto, Yuen Thai, Metro Wear, Global Wear Manufacturing, Pantax Corp., l and Mactan Apparel.

They paid a combined amount of P1.845 billion.

Seaoil Phils. Inc. is number one top importer with P976.9 million total duties and taxes paid. Carmen Copper Corp. paid a total of P88.243 million.

Seaoil vice president Bernadette Raymundo said they will increase fuel importation by 30 percent this year, as they are going to construct 17 more gasoline stations in Cebu, 22 in Mindanao and 34 in other areas in the Visayas.

Carmen Copper said that since 2008, they have exported USD200 million worth of copper concentrate. (PNA)

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