Customs told:Use GPS to curb smuggling,track shipments

Friday,August 26,2011


THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) should use a tracking system that would allow for a stricter monitoring of shipments in government-operated terminals and curb smuggling.
          
“BOC could use the global positioning system (GPS) technology to ensure real-time tracking of cargos and prevent future incidences of unaccounted shipments. By using GPS,we are not only making the task of tracking all shipments passing through ports easier and more efficient,we are also saving the government huge amounts of money every year from potential losses due to smuggling,” Cagayan Representative Jack Enrile Jr. said Thursday.          

The technology is already widely used by local and international shipping and logistics firms to allow for real-time monitoring of their shipments and improve their operations.

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“Logistics firms both here and abroad are already using GPS to improve the tracking of their shipments. Many are actually allowing their customers to track their own shipments through the computer or mobile phones. So I can’t see why we can’t adopt this to improve BOC’s system,”Enrile stressed.

Enrile’s statement was made in the wake of a House probe on the alleged smuggling of hundreds of container vans transshipped from Manila to the Batangas Port,which has cost the government more than P200-million in lost revenues.
          
The government can likewise encourage private terminal operators to adopt a similar system to further curb attempts to smuggle goods into or out of the country.

“This will also benefit legitimate importers who will feel more secure that their cargos will reach their destination,” he said.
          
Enrile also disclosed that for the first half of 2011,BOC posted a collection shortfall of more than P13 billion.

“Department of Finance data showed that the BOC collected only P128.557 billion from January to June this year,way below its P142.34-billion target.” (CGC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 26,2011.

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Customs told:Use GPS to curb smuggling,track shipments

Friday,August 26,2011


THE Bureau of Customs (BOC) should use a tracking system that would allow for a stricter monitoring of shipments in government-operated terminals and curb smuggling.
          
“BOC could use the global positioning system (GPS) technology to ensure real-time tracking of cargos and prevent future incidences of unaccounted shipments. By using GPS,we are not only making the task of tracking all shipments passing through ports easier and more efficient,we are also saving the government huge amounts of money every year from potential losses due to smuggling,” Cagayan Representative Jack Enrile Jr. said Thursday.          

The technology is already widely used by local and international shipping and logistics firms to allow for real-time monitoring of their shipments and improve their operations.

Have something to report? Tell us in text,photos or videos.

“Logistics firms both here and abroad are already using GPS to improve the tracking of their shipments. Many are actually allowing their customers to track their own shipments through the computer or mobile phones. So I can’t see why we can’t adopt this to improve BOC’s system,”Enrile stressed.

Enrile’s statement was made in the wake of a House probe on the alleged smuggling of hundreds of container vans transshipped from Manila to the Batangas Port,which has cost the government more than P200-million in lost revenues.
          
The government can likewise encourage private terminal operators to adopt a similar system to further curb attempts to smuggle goods into or out of the country.

“This will also benefit legitimate importers who will feel more secure that their cargos will reach their destination,” he said.
          
Enrile also disclosed that for the first half of 2011,BOC posted a collection shortfall of more than P13 billion.

“Department of Finance data showed that the BOC collected only P128.557 billion from January to June this year,way below its P142.34-billion target.” (CGC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 26,2011.

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