BOC audits all 38 accredited condemnation facilities

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BOC audits all 38 accredited condemnation facilities
All 38 accredited condemnation facilities in the country have been audited by the Bureau of Customs. Photo from the BOC.
  • The Bureau of Customs has audited all 38 accredited condemnation facilities in the country
  • The audit is in keeping with an order issued last March that required all applications for accreditation of service contractors be approved by the Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group deputy commissioner

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has completed the audit of all 38 accredited condemnation facilities in the country, the bureau said in a statement.

The move is in keeping with Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 07-2023 issued in March, which requires all applications for accreditation of service contractors be approved by the Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group (AOCG) deputy commissioner.

“Ensuring the integrity and compliance of our accredited condemnation facilities is crucial in maintaining transparency and accountability of our operations,” AOCG deputy commissioner Vener Baquiran said.

“This audit reflects our commitment [to] upholding the highest standards of our operations and maintaining public trust with the Bureau,” Customs commissioner Bienvenido Rubio added.

CMO 07-2023 ensures all existing accredited condemnation facilities comply with CMO No. 24-2021, which prescribes guidelines for the disposal of forfeited and abandoned goods through condemnation. CMO 07-2023 amended CMO No. 24-2021.

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Under Section 7.2 of CMO No. 24-2021, as amended, the chief of the Auction and Cargo Disposal Division (ACDD) or equivalent unit has to create a composite team made up of personnel from the ACDD/equal unit – the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Services, Enforcement and Security Service and Port Operations Service-AOCG – to conduct an ocular inspection of the facility after completion of documentary requirements of the applicant and within 24 hours from its receipt.

The team will submit a comprehensive report with their evaluation of the facility’s capability as a service contractor for condemnation services.