BUREAU of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon made good on his promise to combat smuggling this year by asking over 3,000 importers to “update” their registration records or face immediate suspension.
On Monday, the bureau, thru its official website and Facebook account, published the names of the over 3,000 importers with “outdated” and “incorrect” phone numbers or email addresses as appearing in its electronic data bank.
On verification, 1,206 were found to have incorrect or non-working telephone numbers while emails sent to 2,306 others “bounced back,” indicating these were fictitious accounts.
In a statement yesterday, the BoC said importers on the list who fail to update their records with the Account Management Office (AMO) within 30 days after it was published would have their registration suspended, as provided for under Section 7 of Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 11-2014.
Importers with suspended accreditation are effectively blocked from doing business with the agency such as the filing of import entries or the release of their pending shipments.
BoC spokesperson and retired Philippine Marines colonel Neil Estrella, first bared to People’s Tonight the plan of Faeldon to cleanse the list of accredited importers early this month on suspicion that many of them are just “fronts” of smuggling syndicates.
In an article that appeared in this paper last January 4, Estrella said the move could result to the de-listing of more than 20 percent, or over 2,000 importers, from the current data bank of accredited importers numbering some 11,000 entities.