SANTA ANA, Cagayan: The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) said it is “strictly” not allowing the utilization of its international port here as transshipment of illegally extracted black sand or magnetite.
CEZA officials said there is “no way” any undocumented items could pass through their international port without being “strictly scrutinized” by port and Customs personnel.
Joyce Marie Jayme, CEZA public relations chief, said no magnetite ore mining is allowed within the Cagayan Special Economic Zone and Freeport (CSEZF).
“[CEZA’s] involvement in the black sand operations is merely the use of Port Irene facilities and services; port users can only do so with the necessary clearances from the appropriate agencies,” Jayme said.
She said the Port implements a system of “transparency and strict adherence” to regulations, including coordination with key agencies for the necessary clearances and permits.
“Specifically, on top of the payment of port fees that are collected and the submission of complete documents, the magnetite brought to Port Irene are only accommodated by [CEZA] if and only with the necessary clearances and documents,” Jayme said.
She said port and Customs personnel require Authority to Load by the Bureau of Customs (BOC), Ore Transport Permit from the Provincial Government Office, Mineral Ore Extraction Permit from Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau, Excise Tax Clearance from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, and Export Declaration reviewed by BOC and CEZA before mineral ores are admitted.