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Thursday, September S, 2OLg

DICT to crack down on illegal

freight forxrarding companiEs
BY WEI{DELL VIGIUA not paying taxes to the detriment government should regulate the
of the'public. couriers and freight forrvarding
INFORMATION and Communi- During the budget hearing sefvlces to Protect consumefs
cation Secretary Giingo Honasan on the DICT's P3.6 billion pro- from unscrupulous and unli-
has vowed to act on repots that posed national budget fot 20t20 censed companies.
some couriers and freight,forward- last Tuesday, Honasan, a fotmer Atienza called the DICT's at-
ing companies are operating with- senator, 4greed with Buhay p^rry-
out the required licenses and arc list Rep. Lito'Atienza that the See DICT ) Page 83

DICT the DICT is conducting its own

investigation to determine those
accredited by the DICT-Postal
Regulations Division eRD) as an
tention on the "colorum" courier behind the illegal operation. authodzed pirivate delivery service.
services that are doing business "Sfe will fully cooperate and Howevet, while Ninia Van oper-
in the country, saFng it is putting participate in any Congressional ates under !flall Street's license, it
the Filipino consumers and theit inquiry," the secretary told the for its operations
issues invoices '

cargoes at risk. lawmaket as Ninja Van, which is a non-

Honasan recognized the grow- Aienza said the e-commerce registered outfit and therefore does
ing problem in the industry, and courier industry has tobd regu- not pay taxes.
patticulady the entry of illegal lated because it is now worth so-e Another company, J&t is a
couriers that arc mostly foreign- P36 billion and since 67 percent of forrvarder licensed by the DTI and
owned. Filipinos are on the Internet. the CAB but reportedly has no
"You just beat us to it (mak- Amongthe cases reportrjdis that DICT approval to render domestic
ing the issue public)," he told of Ninja Express Tech Philippines courier services.
Attenza. "STe akeady noticed this Inc. (ltlinfa Van) which is report- A company called Black Arror*-
complicated situation. It's not just edly 99.99 percent owned by Ninf a Express is licensed to operate in
couriers and forwarding, there's LogisticsPte. Ltd., A Singaporean Metto Manila butis also reportedlv
also Angkas (delivery service) and comPany. operating in Cebu and Leyte.
others." Ninja Van reportedly has no ac- Atienza said that from
There were reports that some of creditation from the Department consumer safety, some ^p^rt
of these
these couriers and on-line delivery of Trade and Industry-Fair Trade services are found to be violating
service providers are not listed as Enforcement Bureau @TI-FTEB) constitutional limits on foreign
taxpayers in the Bureau of Internal and as a domestic or intetnational orrnership
Revenue (BIR) and do not have the fteight forwarder. It also has no , Since they operate as a public
required DICT licenses. authority to operate as a domestic service, logistics companies are
Atienza said he would file a of international freight forwarder supposed to be covered by the
tesolution calling for an investi- from the Civil Aeronautics Board 60-40 ownership rule, the law-
gation into the issue because it (CAB) even if it uses aitlines as maker said.
is illegal and unfair to legitimate mode of transportation in deliver- "If we need to ,ctaft a law to
courier and forwarding companies ing packages. regulate the courier services to
that are paylng the correct amount Ninja Van reportedly bought protect the consumers and the
of taxes. 40 percent shares of tWall Sueet small-time playets in the industry,:
Honasar.r,assured Atienza that Courier Services |nc., which was we wiil have to do it," he said.

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