Customs, BIR, DOF intensify anti-oil smuggling efforts
by Allan Yves Briones
In an effort to curb the activities of oil smugglers in the country, and recover delinquent revenues, three government agencies kicked off a simulation on fuel marking in Subic, Zambales.
Representatives from the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Department of Finance met last July 25 at the Tipo Gate of Subic Freeport Zone to witness the simulation which serves as a preparation for the implementation of their inter-agency joint circular.
Customs headed the fuel marking activity which flowed as follows: officials began with the doping of markers from the compartments of the truck which were subsequently field tested.
According to the BOC, each sample takes about five minutes to be completely field tested, including the calibration and encoding of the details in the analyzer.
The test results would then show either a pass or a fail, which will be recorded by a Fuel Marking Technician who then reseals the source of the sample.
Any gaps or areas for improvement in the process will be addressed by the BOC, according to Customs officials.
Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero, Deputy Commissioner Teddy Raval, Director Yasser Ismail Abbas, Collector Maritess were in attendance for the BOC. Atty. Beverly Milo and Atty. Edmond Lladoc spectated for the BIR, while Atty. Emee Macabales represented the DOF.
Under DOF-BOC-BIR Joint Circular No. 001.2019, fuel marking will be required on all refined, manufactured or imported petroleum products that are subject to taxation.
The simulation was held in coordination with PTT Philippines and Fuel Marking Provider: SICPA-SGS Philippines at the Philippine Coastal Storage and Pipeline Corporation.