(YEARENDER) Customs Sub-port Office in Dumaguete cites major importers for gains

The Bureau of Customs Sub-port of Dumaguete in Negros Oriental has given citations to its seven major importers that have contributed to the agency's remarkable gains especially in the first six months of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

These importers played a major role in the sub-port's actual collection of P1,032,083,432.00 as of December 15, 2016, the Bureau of Customs here said.

Fe Lluelyn G. Toring, OIC Port Collector, disclosed Friday in an interview that the seven major importers in Negros Oriental are Filoil Energy Co., Inc., (petroleum products), Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. (petroleum products), Wilmar Edible Oils, Phils. Inc. (palm olein), Goldfin Intertrade Co. Ltd. (cement), Pryce Gases, Inc. (liquefied petroleum gas), Bonjourno Trading (cement) and Dumaguete Coconut Mills, Inc. (palm olein).

Filoil was the highest importer with 22 entries or shipments for this year, followed by Wilmar Edible Oils with 14 shipments, Pilipinas Shell and Goldfin Intertrade with four shipments each, Pryce Gases with two shipments, and Bonjourno Trading and Dumaguete Coconut Mills, Inc. (DUCOMI) with one each or a total of 48 shipments.

As of this writing, another shipment of palm olein has arrived at the DUCOMI pier in Bacong town, about 10 minutes south of this capital, with an expected P18-million of duties and taxes to be filed with the Customs sub-port office soon, said Toring.

A 2016 Comparative Collection Report showed that the Customs Sub-port of Dumaguete's target collection for this year is pegged at P378,000,000.00.

However, the actual collection as of December 15, 2016 has reached 1,032,083,432.00, or a variance of P654,083,432.00, representing a 173.04 increase.

Comparing this year's actual collection to that of 2015, records show a 341.87 percent increase this year.

The actual collection in 2015 was at 256,476,278.00, with a spike of P876,808,967.00 in this year's actual collection as of December 15, Toring pointed out.

She attributed the increase in collection of duties and taxes to the entry of key players in the oil industry, namely, Filoil and Pilipinas Shell, beginning November of last year.

According to Toring, the importation of fuel and other petroleum products here has brought down the prices of gasoline and diesel in Dumaguete and other parts of Negros Oriental compared to Cebu and other areas.

OIC Customs Sub-port Collector Toring has extended her gratitude to the importers for their support and cooperation that has led to her office meeting or exceeding this year's target collection.

Also, Customs Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon, who was named to the post in July this year under the Duterte administration, has directed the different Customs Ports and Sub-ports to intensify efforts in tax collection, Toring said.

The Customs Sub-Port office here handed out certificates of recognition to the importers during the office's Christmas fellowship Thursday evening at the Dumaguete port's passenger terminal building.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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