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Customs taps tariff experts' services.

Manila, Philippines - After the entry of new collectors in the ports, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) has tapped the services of tariff experts to ensure that dutiable imports are properly classified to improve revenue collections.

But unlike the detail of port collectors nationwide, they will only be assigned to the top three ports: Port of Manila, Manila International Container Port, and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Customs Commissioner John Sevilla, in a memorandum circular, said the tariff classification experts from the Tariff Commission will be detailed to the BOC "on the average of six months on a rotational basis."

The detail of tariff experts is aimed at plugging revenue leakage brought about by careless and wrongful classification of dutiable imports.

Some unscrupulous importers allegedly in cahoots with BOC examiners and appraisers intend to cheat on the tariff headings of their imports to avoid the right payment of duties and taxes.

To curb misclassification of imported goods, Sevilla said these experts will assist in the tariff classification.

The detail of tariff classification experts at BOC is provided for in a memorandum signed last year by the Department of Finance, Tariff Commission, and the BOC.

Under the MOA, the DOF agreed "to create 10 additional plantilla positions of tariff classification experts in support of the Customs reform program."

The Tariff Commission, an attached agency of the National Economic and Development Authority, on the other hand, will pay the basic salaries and benefits of the classification experts.


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Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Jan 21, 2014
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