BoC gains P191M in January from post-clearance audit

Published February 3, 2021, 1:58 PM

by Betheena Unite

The Bureau of Customs (BoC) has collected P191 million in additional revenue from importers found violating Customs laws.

Bureau of Customs (MANILA BULLETIN)
Bureau of Customs (MANILA BULLETIN)

A total of P191,383,743.21 was generated from the recent post-clearance audit verification and investigation of importers found violating provisions of Republic Act (RA) 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), the bureau said.

The additional duties and taxes in January 2021 were generated from 21 filed applications for prior disclosure program, which oversees the errors and omissions by importers in goods declarations resulting in deficiency in duties and taxes on past importations.

Of these, 17 were from mechanically-deboned meat (MDM) importers under audit, tallying a total amount of P36,591,544.77.

Seven importers were recommended for suspension while 28 new audit notification letters were issued. The subjects of new audit were 17 importers in the coffee industry, 10 in the oil and petroleum industry, and one consignee due to compliance issues based on the profiling conducted.

In 2020, the Post-Clearance Audit Group (PCAG) collected an additional revenue of P1.2 billion as part of its post clearance efforts consisting of 168 issued audit notification letters. Of the number, 60 were issued against importers of MDM in October 2020.

“The Post Clearance Audit Group is optimistic that additional revenues may still be collected from post clearance for the remaining months of 2021,” the bureau said.

At present, there are still 24 demand letters being collected, and these are expected to generate an estimated amount of P12 billion.

Eighteen of the 24 are undergoing motion for reinvestigation/reconsideration amounting to P5 billion, while eight remain unpaid and are for referral to Customs Legal Service for filing of collection suits amounting to P6.9 billion.