BOC misses collection goal; tax take falls
Import duties and other taxes collected by the Bureau of Customs (BOC) in September slightly slid, as the take from oil products continued to decline amid lower global prices.
In a statement yesterday, the BOC said its collections in September reached P32.7 billion, down 0.8 percent year-on-year and 20 percent off the target of P41.1 billion that month.
“The decline in (September) collection was due to the decrease in total (import) value by 5.4 percent despite the increase in total volume of importation by 20.5 percent,” the BOC said.
In September, revenue from oil dropped by a third to P6 billion from P9 billion a year ago. As for non-oil products, the taxes collected rose by 11.3 percent year-on-year, the BOC said.
At the end of the first nine months, the BOC’s total collections inched up by 0.9 percent year-on-year to P268.2 billion, although below the P314.2-billion goal for the period.
The BOC said that while the volume of oil imports jumped by a fifth at end-September, the value slid by almost a third, bringing down nine-month collections by 32 percent year-on-year to P23.1 billion. The average price of oil during the period was 48-percent lower than last year’s prices, it noted.
As the volume and value of imported non-oil goods increased by 16 percent and 5.5 percent, respectively, in the first nine months, collections of duties grew 13.2 percent year-on-year to P25.5 billion as of end-September.
“Overall, the decline in collection was driven by the drop in the total value of imports by 1.8 percent despite an increase in volume by 17 percent,” Customs Commissioner Alberto D. Lina said.
The BOC chief expressed hope that the agency could still hit its full-year collection goal of P436.6 billion.
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