The Bureau of Customs (BOC) once again missed its collection target despite generating P28.25-billion revenues in November this year.
Data from the bureau showed that its collection for the month was 19 percent higher compared to the P23.75-billion collections made from the same month last year.
In a statement, BOC said that its revenues grew “on the back of the influx of importations for the Yuletide season and the reinvigoration of BOC personnel, as uncertainties caused by swift changes in senior and middle management waned.”
However, in terms of total collections for November, it was still P2.8-billion short of the P31.06-billion target for the month.
“November’s revenue collection came from actual cash collections, with no Tax Expenditure Fund, which are noncash collections recorded on paper for government transaction, such as rice importations, posted for the month,” it stated.
The BOC also reported that it exceeded its November target for cash collections, which refer to revenues generated from Customs operations, by P551 million.
The collection districts of Aparri, Iloilo and Subic were the biggest gainers for the month, as administrative measures and increased use of the information technology systems took effect, the bureau said, adding that 11 of its 17 collection districts exceeded their targets for the month.
“We are pleased that the reforms we have been undertaking are taking root as the situation at the agency stabilizes. The surge in our collections is an indication that there is still much room for the Bureau of Customs to improve its performance,” Customs Commissioner John Sevilla said.
Sevilla also expressed the bureau’s optimism on its collection activities, saying that the bureau continually streamlines operations, maximizes efficiencies and reviews processes.
“[W]e are optimistic that our revenue growth momentum will speed up,” he said.
To date, eight of the BOC’s 17 collection districts have exceeded their 2013 targets, namely the ports of Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, Davao, Subic, Clark and Aparri.
The Manila International Container Port, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as well as the ports of Batangas and Limay are also within single-digit percentage levels of their respective full-year collection targets.
Meanwhile, for the first 11 months of 2013, BOC’s total revenues reached P280.74 billion, or P16.4 billion higher than the P264.34-billion collection figure a year ago.
The January to November collection of BOC was P31.26-billion short of the P312-billion target for the period.
For December, the BOC said that it is tasked to collect P27.998 billion, while for the full-year 2013, the bureau has a collection target of P340 billion.