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BOC awards top importers, exporters

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (12 February) -- Bureau of Customs (BOC) cited Dole Philippines Inc. as the district's leading importer and exporter in the year 2008.

The said company paid more than $190 million for its import duties, this is about 6.97 percent of the total tax collected from imports.

Another importing company that is enlisted among the top are Holcim Philippines and the National Transmission Corporation. Both companies paid $131 million and $120 million, respectively.

BOC also awarded other establishments which belong in the top ten importers in the district. Other awardees are the Mindanao Corrugated Corp, Deco Arts Marketing Inc., Petron Corp., Sanden Intercool Phils., Davao Packaging Corp., and Macondray Plastic Inc.

In terms of exports, Dole Philippines still turned out the leading exporter in the district, contributing around $157-million as export tax.

Stanfilco which is a division of Dole Philippines was awarded the second top exporter producing agriculture crops like banana and pineapple.

Other awardees of the top 10 exporters are the following: General Tuna Corp., Tagum Agricultural Development Co., Inc., Philbest Canning Corp, Cargill Phils., Inc, Alliance Tuna Int'l, Inc, Celebes Canning Corp., Davao Fruits Corporation, and Ocean Canning Corp.

Silvestre remained optimistic in reaching its P2.1 billion target for this year, raising last year's figures with a 27 percent high.

Despite the global financial crunch which is expected to consequently bite local exporters and importers, the BOC official claimed that the business players have not yet shown crisis pangs as customs duties and tax are still on track with the collection cited in the first two months of the year. (PIA XI) [top]

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