THE BUREAU of Customs (BoC) on Monday said it collected a record P70.72 billion in March, mainly due to higher imports and improved valuation.
In a statement, it said it exceeded the monthly collection target of P57.69 billion by 23%.
“The BoC posted a surplus of P13.037 billion or 22.6% higher than its target, and remarkably, the bureau has consistently met and exceeded its monthly revenue collection target since January this year,” it said.
The March collection was also 29% higher than P54.5-billion in March 2021.
Citing a preliminary report from the BoC-Financial Service, the bureau said 14 of the 17 collection districts hit their monthly targets.
These were the ports of San Fernando, Manila, Batangas, Iloilo, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, Davao, Subic, Clark, Aparri, and Limay, as well as the Manila International Container Port (MICP) and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
For the first three months of 2022, the BoC collected P188.506 billion, making up nearly 27.8% of the 2022 collection target of P679.226 billion.
The bureau attributed its strong revenue collections to the “improving volume of importation in the country, the improved valuation, and the intensified collective efforts of all the collection districts.”
The Department of Finance (DoF) earlier said in a statement modernization programs and automated processes were behind increased collections by the Customs bureau.
The BoC modernization program integrated data from the ports of Manila, Cebu and Davao and the MICP for monitoring by the Customs Operation Center (COC), Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero said in the statement.
He cited BoC initiatives included the cargo targeting system and information and communications…
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