Customs delists 71 importers engaged in illegal trade

MANILA-- The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has delisted some 71 importers and brokers found to be engaged in illegal dealings.

In a press briefing, Commissioner NicanorFaeldon noted that the initial number delisted have been found to be practicing illicit trade.

"Sabinamin previously we would be delisting importers, brokers who practice illicit trade in the past 6 years," he said.

The BOC chief added that the records were reviewed manually since the bureau has no record electronically of the importers and brokers.

But, Faeldon said they are giving the delisted stakeholders three days to appeal their decision after they have informed of the decision.

"We would give them due process but they have 3 days to prove that they have not actually committed illicit trade," he said, noting that "they have been informed already that they would be delisted."

Faeldon added, "We would remove them from our accredited importers. We need honest importers. So matagalnahanap. We have to inform the public we will not hide them."

The BOC chief explained that the reason why they released the names of those that will be delisted, is to inform the public and not part of a "shame campaign."

"It's not shame campaign because the public needs to know. They are smugglers. When you misdeclared your commodities and were seized because of violation of customs laws you try to smuggle commodities," he said.

Faeldon added that the names would be published in the newspaper.

With this, he reported that five importers have so far filed their appeals. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency