Port of Cebu exceeds target for this year

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Thursday, December 29, 2011


THIRTY Cebu importers paid P3.738 billion in duties and taxes this year, which helped the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Cebu to surpass its P8-billion collection target by P50 million.

Port of Cebu District Collector Ronnie Silvestre said the amount is an “all-time high in the history of the Port of Cebu,” or 16 percent more than last year’s collection of P6.885 billion.

As of Dec. 27, the Port of Cebu needed P70 million to make the target. But at the end of yesterday, the last working day of the year, the office had a surplus of P50 million.

“This collection performance (P8.050 billion) is the biggest take of the Port of Cebu”, said Port of Cebu cashier Abarintos said.

Top 30 importers

Silvestre said the 30 top importers imported P28.037 billion worth of goods this year, with a volume of 1.270 billion metric tons.

Seaoil Philippines Inc. came in first, paying P644.178 million in duties and taxes; Steel Asia Manufacturing Corp came in second, paying P473.830 million; Kepco-SPC Power Corp., P265.666 million; and Ad-Ken Trading, P178.322 million.

The other top importers are Carmen Copper Corp., Maxima Machineries Inc., Ajinomoto Phils. Inc., Petronas Energy Phils. Corp., Apo Cement Corp., Filpride Resources Inc., Petron Corp., Tridharma Marketing Corp., Marken Trading Corp., Taiheiyo Cement Phils. Inc., Cebu Energy Development Corp. (CEDC), Galvaphil Inc., Joyland Industrial Corp., International Pharmaceuticals Inc., A.D. Gothong Manufacturing Corp., Mn Gia Enterprise, San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corp., Visayan Electric Co. Inc., Dotava Trading, Sunpride Foods Inc., Cebu Overseas Hardware Co. Inc., JS Unitrade Merchandize Inc., Virginia Foods Inc., Pryce Gases Inc., Treasure Island Industrial Corp. and Atlas Fertilizer Corp.

Kepco-SPC Power in Naga City and CEDC in Toledo City are power producers or power generators, while Veco is a power-distribution utility.

Seaoil Philippines, Petronas Energy and Petron Corp. are fuel and oil distributors, while Apo Cement and Taiheiyo Cement are two cement-producing firms in the province.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 30, 2011.

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