BUREAU of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Isidro Lapeña conducted a spot inspection on 50 cargo containers at the Cebu International Port (CIP) to check their import vales.
This, after Lapeña turned over the position of Port of Cebu district collector from Wivina Pumatong to lawyer Elvira Cruz yesterday afternoon.
“I am always roaming around the country to conduct spot inspection on imported cargoes and come up with the right valuation and collect the revenue that is due to the government,” Lapena told SunStar Cebu.
He said the BOC has a collection target of P598 billion for 2018, and the Port of Cebu has a share of about P27.5 billion.
By conducting spot inspections, the BOC is able to determine which imported goods are undervalued.
“Once the cargo container is opened and customs officials know the contents, there is no more reason to change valuation,” Lapeña said.
If the importer or broker filed an import entry, then it is a way of verifying the truthfulness of the declaration and valuation.
Yesterday, Lapeña found some imported goods that were undervalued, misdeclared or misclassified.
One cargo container contained plywood, as declared by the importer.
The company declared zero tariff, so it would pay only the value-added tax.
But the customs examiner said the consignee has to pay a four-percent tariff. (EOB)