- Almost 7,000 containers with rice and goods were indisposed at Customs ports
- The goods were considered “overstaying” for lack of necessary permits
- Many containers were also “illegally released” without proper documents
It has been reported that at least 6,985 containers with rice and donated goods for calamity victims were left “overstaying” in some ports, according to the report of the Commission on Audit (COA).
KAMI learned that the left goods should be disposed of in accordance with the law.
In a report by the Manila Bulletin (author Ben Rosario), the containers that were abandoned since December 31, 2018, were considered “indisposed” or “overstaying” may be sold at public auctions.
The audit examiners shared that the overstaying goods lacked necessary importation permits.
“A total of 6,985 overstaying containers carrying various articles remained undisposed in various BOC Ports for a period ranging from 30 days to more than 25 years as of December 31, 2018," COA said.
“Considering the length of time the above goods stayed in the yard, there is a risk of deterioration or spoilage and therefore is unsafe for human consumption. Thus, may not be feasible for auction and depriving government of revenues,” it added.
As reported by Rappler (author Lian Buan), COA’s 2018 audit report stated that 105 containers of the worth of P69.68 million were released without proper authorization.
“Cargoes were released despite the non-compliance of all requirements before a release instruction is given contrary to established rules and regulations, thus causing undue disadvantage to the government in the form of additional revenues to be collected,” COA said.
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