On January 13, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) released a list exposing 71 out of thousands of accredited importers and customs brokers who have allegedly engaged in "illicit trade" with BOC employees.
Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon stated that investigators had difficulty finding the information they needed as there were no records of transactions since 2011 and until before President Duterte's administration started.
Of the 71 on the blacklist, only 5 submitted appeals: Harbinger International Trading, Unifine Enterprises, Coco Technologies Corporation, Richo Marketing, and Manhattan Chemical Corporation.
Since then, the BOC has updated its list of companies that are under investigations, have show cause orders, or are prohibited from renewing their accreditation following seizure of their shipments.
As of January 27, the BOC has listed 13 importers with seized or forfeited shipments whose accreditations are set for suspension by February. The following importers are:
Meanwhile, 25 importers and six custom brokers that allegedly violated BOC rules and laws were issued with show cause orders to submit a satisfactory explanation as to why their accreditation should not be suspended. They currently have seized or forfeited shipments by the BOC.
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Included in the lists are 23 importers and 40 customs brokers that are prohibited from renewing their accreditations due to submitting an unsatisfactory explanation regarding their Warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) issuances.
The prohibitions are set in place until the companies are able to submit an explanation that satisfies the BOC's Accounts Management Office (AMO).
According to AMO chief Mary Grace Malabed, importers are given three days to explain why they should not be delisted from BOC accreditation.
A recommendation to suspend a company's accreditation would be sent to the importer or customs broker if the companies fail to respond or are exposed to have violated BOC rules.
Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon has directed that once a WSD is issued, a recommendation for suspension should be issued immediately. Faeldon however noted that the list only covered importers and customs brokers with seized shipments and violations since July 2016, when he assumed his position as commissioner at the BOC.
For a full list of importers and custom brokers under investigation, click the links from PortCalls Asia below:
Want to avoid being part of those lists? Here are “Important things to remember to avoid having an “Erring Company” status with BoC”.