Travelers must declare high-tax goods

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Travelers have been warned on Friday to declare highly taxable goods they bring into the country to avoid being charged penalties aside from tax, or worse, confiscation of items.

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“With the arrival of four x-ray machines, we can now able to detect any luggage that might contain highly taxable commercial items such as jewelry, branded watches, hand bags, branded clothes, undeclared foreign currencies and prohibited drugs,” Bureau of Customs District III Collector Ed Macabeo said.

The x-ray machines delivered recently will be distributed to four terminals. The district, Macabeo said, is also waiting for four more brand new machines that were provided by Customs Commissioner John Sevilla and his deputies Primo Aguas and Edith Tan.

“It is been so many years that our people rely mainly on their instinct and profiling to catch felons,” the District III chief added.

The NAIA district had surpassed the target by 17 percent last year. From January to June 15, 2014, District III has collected P83-million compared to P52 million last year.

Macabeo, on the other hand, vowed to increase the revenue collection by 20 percent at all accredited warehouses at the NAIA including the arrival passenger services.

He also asked importers to declare “specific description” of their goods/commodities or shipment before they process for release at the cargo warehouses.

The District III chief wished that there would be much better importation this coming third quarter of the year to have them a better revenue collection.

He added that NAIA is not even expected to be given a very high or unreasonable quota compared to other “billionaire ports” because the premiere airport was a “service-oriented” institution, more attuned to providing facilitation to returning “balikbayan,” overseas Filipino workers and other forms of beneficial service.

However, branded items such as bags, jewelry, and other imported items brought into the country by high-end passengers were subjected to tax.

The so-called billionaire ports include Port of Manila, Manila International Container Port and the Port of Batangas, which collects revenues twice or thrice than what the airport Customs collect.

Most of the airport Customs revenue collection from highly taxable cargoes came from the accredited bonded warehouse such as PairCargo, PAL/Philippine Skylanders Inc., Cargo Haus, MIASCOR, DHL, TMW/KM, Central Mail and Exchange Center, the airport Customs passenger service, and other sources.

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