Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon reminded officials and personnel of the Bureau of Customs on the prohibition on the importation of “finished” firecrackers, fireworks, and other pyrotechnic devices.
In a Memorandum signed on Monday, 12 December, Commissioner Faeldon reiterated the prohibition stated in Republic Act No. 7183 (An Act Regulating the Sale, Manufacture, Distribution and Use of Firecrackers and Other Pyrotechnic Devices), its revised Implementing Rules and Regulations, and Joint Memorandum Circular JMC No. 1 (s. 2014).
Under RA 7183, its IRR, and JMC No. 1 (s. 2014), only the importation of chemicals and explosive ingredients used in the manufacture of firecrackers, fireworks, and other pyrotechnic devices, is allowed. Provided, however, that such importation is made by a duly licensed manufacturer holding the corresponding authority to import issued by the Philippine National Police – Firearms and Explosives Office (PNP-FEO).
In the Memorandum, Commissioner Faeldon directed District Collectors of all ports of entry in the country, Deputy Commissioners, and other concerned officials and personnel of the Bureau “to be more circumspect in denying entry and lodgement of finished firecrackers, fireworks, and other pyrotechnic devices in any port of entry in the country, and effect the seizure and forfeiture of the aforementioned.”
This Memorandum comes after the Bureau was blamed for the proliferation of smuggled firecrackers being circulated and distributed in Philippine market. Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. said in a recent hearing that BOC should be held accountable for smuggled firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices ahead of the holiday season.
But Commissioner Faeldon clarified that BOC has not cleared for release imported firecrackers. “During my term, I have not upheld the release of any firecrackers. Give us the details of this, and I am willing to investigate,” he said.
The Commissioner added that BOC will be coordinating with PNP-FEO to clarify if importation clearance is indeed granted even for finished firecrackers to be sold in the country. ###