The Department of Finance (DOF) and Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) revealed that four of the top 20 rice importers last year did not pay their customs duties.
In their latest Tax Watch Campaign ad released on Wednesday, the DOF and BIR said that the four importers paid zero duties to the Bureau of Customs (BOC). They are Bayer Cropscience Inc. which imported P153.9-million worth of dutiable rice, SL Agritech Corp. which brought in P103.6-million worth of the staple, Jardine Distribution Inc. whose imports hit with P59.4 million and Pioneer Hi-Bred Philippines Inc. with P49.2 million.
The National Food Authority (NFA) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), also included in the list of top 20 rice importers for having bought P4.4 billion and P58.7 million of the staple, respectively, also did not pay any duties in 2013.
Two other rice importers also failed to pay customs duties but they were not in the top 20 list—Syngenta Philipines Inc. and Devgen Seeds and Crop Technology.
The biggest importer was the NFA having bought P4.3 billion of rice, followed by Silent Royalty Marketing, P983.6 million, Bold Bidder Marketing, P718.6 million, Starcraft International Trading, P550.7 million and Inter-Continental Gains, P412.4 million.
The DOF and BIR partnered with the BOC for the three succeeding Tax Watch Campaign ad to publish and reveal customs-related information based on the bureau’s Electronic-to-Mobile system data.
The Tax Watch Campaign ad started last year, aiming to pinpoint large-scale tax evaders as the government tightens tax collection for government projects.