BOC Intensifies Efforts to Verify and Cleanse Importers and Brokers
In line with the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) commitment for transparency, promote trade facilitation and border protection, the Bureau has intensified the verification of accredited importers and brokers.
Through the joint efforts of the Enforcement Security Service (ESS), Customs Intelligence Investigation Service (CIIS) and Account Management Office (AMO), the BOC is currently conducting verification, inspection and investigation of registered brokers, importers, and warehouses throughout the nation.
The campaign is aimed at weeding out unscrupulous individuals who aim to use their acquired accreditation for illegal activities. ESS and CIIS personnel were tasked to physically visit and verify registered offices and warehouses. Coordination with local barangay units were also done to ascertain the legitimacy of accredited stakeholders.
Those who do not meet the requirement or who were verified to have misrepresented information in their accreditation may face sanctions that may include the revocation of their accreditation with the BOC.
To date, of the 3,175 consignees/importers listed by AMO, 1,829 were so far inspected with 212 found with misrepresented information.
The BOC reiterates its commitment in protecting the nation’s borders from illicit activities and enjoins stakeholders to comply to Customs rules and regulations.
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