WANCHAI, HONG KONG, March 2, 2018 / — The Philippines’ new fuel marking and monitoring system is expected to launch in the local downstream oil industry in the second half of 2018. The program is part of a sustained effort to combat rampant fuel smuggling and misdeclaration of petroleum products, estimated to be costing the local government between PHP 26.9 billion to PHP 43.8 billion in tax revenues annually.

The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN) was signed by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on 19 December 2017 and imposes an excise tax on all petroleum products, including lubricating oils and greases. A fuel marking system will be mandatory under this legislation to ensure proper collection of excise taxes on petroleum products.

In a major coup for F+L Week 2018, Deputy Commissioner of the Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group (AOCG) at the Bureau of Customs, Edward James Dy Buco, has been confirmed to speak at F+L Week 2018 in Macao, on March 8, 2018. Dy Buco will deliver a much-anticipated update on the fuel marking program, to provide industry representatives a more detailed understanding of the government’s plans for implementation.

Fuel marking describes the process by which an invisible “marker” is blended with a product to track it through the supply chain – detecting smuggling, adulteration and dilution of fuels, as well as outright theft. Product samples are gathered from retailers and analysed to check if the correct amount of a marker is present. Implementation of a fuel marking program responds to calls from major oil industry players within the Philippines to address concerns about the smuggling of fuel into the country.

Every fuel-marking program is different since a program’s operational requirements are designed to meet unique objectives. “We are thrilled to have Mr. Dy Buco in Macao to present the latest update in the enactment of the Philippines’ fuel marking system,” says Vicky Villena-Denton, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of F&L Asia, the major industry publisher that puts on the popular annual F+L Week conference.

“For those who would like to understand what’s going on in the Philippines’ fuel marking program, this will be the first time that a high-level official from the Philippine Bureau of Customs will be able to provide our industry an update on the program since TRAIN was implemented in January. Mr. Dy Buco is the key official responsible for the Philippines’ Fuel Marking Program, and we are deeply honored that he will make his first industry address during F+L Week 2018.”

F+L Week 2018 will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel Macao, at Cotai Strip, from 6-9 March. The event attracts an outstanding line up of industry leaders and decision-makers from the fuels, lubricants, additives and base oils industries in the U.S.A., Europe and Asia.

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