• By The Financial District

14 CUSTOMS PORTS SURPASS TARGET COLLECTIONS

Fourteen out of 17 ports in the country have surpassed their target collections amounting to a surplus of PHP49.65 billion in the first half of 2021, according to the Bureau of Customs. These combined ports have collected a total of PHP302.74 billion from January to June this year.

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The ports that surpassed their mid-year revenue collection targets are Port of San Fernando with PHP2.39 billion surplus after collecting PHP49 million revenue; Port of Manila, PHP30.86 billion, PHP802 million; Manila International Container Port, PHP76.2 billion, PHP774 million; Port of NAIA, PHP18.54 billion, PHP63 million; Port of Batangas, PHP65.08 billion, PHP206 million; Port of Legaspi, PHP188 million, PHP6 million; and Port of Iloilo, PHP1.53 billion, PHP164 million.


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Other ports that posted surplus include Port of Tacloban, PHP2.93 billion with a surplus of PHP40 million; Port of Surigao, PHP23.39 million, PHP5 million; Port of Cagayan de Oro, PHP17.12 billion, PHP110 million; Port of Zamboanga, PHP2.98 billion, PHP49 million; Port of Davao, PHP18.65 billion, PHP269 million; Port of Subic, PHP19.09 billion, PHP337 million; Port of Clark, PHP892 million, PHP101 million and Port of Aparri, PHP240 million, PHP19 million. The three other ports were Batangas, Limay, and Cebu.


Meanwhile, the Port of NAIA on that it also surpassed its revenue target for the month of June after it posted a surplus of PHP224.886 million after collecting PHP3.037 billion against its target of PHP2.812 billion.


The Port of NAIA added that it intercepted an estimated PHP45 million worth of illegal drugs such as ecstasy ketamine, kush, liquid marijuana, and shabu from 33 drug busts in the first six months of 2021.


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Likewise, attempts of wildlife smuggling of poisonous spiders, tarantulas, snakes, and even marine animals, were detected and seized at the borders.


The port cleared 34 shipments of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines in 24 batches consisting of 17.25 million vaccine doses, in full support of the national inoculation program. The vaccines were pre-cleared by the BOC-NAIA One-Stop-Shop prior to its arrival resulting in a speedy and systematic importation process and without any unnecessary delays.


The Port of NAIA is headed by District Collector Carmelita Talusan.


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