By Betheena Unite
A simulation of the fuel marking and testing process was recently conducted to determine “possible gaps and areas of improvement” ahead of its implementation, the Bureau of Customs said.
The simulation, according to the bureau, was conducted at the Tipo Gate of Subic Freeport Zone in Subic on July 25. It aims to identify possible gaps and areas for improvement in the process, which will be addressed by the bureau through a Customs Memorandum Order.
The fuel marking process started with the doping of markers from the compartments of the truck followed by a sample field testing that took about five minutes per sample, including the calibration and encoding of details in the analyzer.
From that process, the test results would either reflect “pass” or “fail.” Upon completion of the testing process, the fuel marking technician will reseal the compartment where the sample was taken.
Fuel marking program is an anti-oil smuggling scheme “envisioned to curb illicit trade of petroleum products and shall be mandatory for five years.”
It will be implemented “to plug leakages caused by fuel fraud” and is expected to help return the stolen revenue to the government.
Fuel marking is required on all petroleum products that are refined, manufactured, or imported into the Philippines that are subject to the payment of duties and taxes such as but not limited to gasoline, denatured alcohol used for motive power, kerosene, and diesel fuel oil after the taxes and duties have been paid, according to the Customs bureau.
Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero led the simulation activity that was also attended by Deputy Commissioner Teddy Raval, Director Yasser Ismail Abbas, Collector Maritess Martin, Atty. Beverly Milo and Atty. Edmond P. Lladoc of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Atty. Emee Macabales of the Department of Finance.
The simulation was in preparation for the implementation of the Fuel Marking Program pursuant to the Department of Finance-Bureau of Customs-Bureau of Internal Revenue Joint Circular No. 001.2019.
The bureau coordinated with PTT Philippines and Fuel Marking Provider: SICPA-SGS Philippines at the Philippine Coastal Storage and Pipeline Corporation for the simulation.