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The Fuel Marking program is authorized by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

The objective of the Fuel Marking program is to prevent fuel smuggling or misdeclaration to protect the government from foregone revenues in fuel taxes. It is estimated that foregone revenue from fuel smuggling and misdeclaration is between Php 25 to Php 40 billion. In addition, the Fuel Marking program benefits legitimate, legal, oil marketing companies with brand integrity. At large, the ultimate consumers benefit from quality of fuel promised, as used in many ways from day-to-day.

Fuel Marking TWG members (DOF, BIR and BOC) and SGS-SICPA

Fuel Marking TWG members (DOF, BIR and BOC) and SGS-SICPA

Late in 2018, the joint venture of SGS Philippines Inc and SICPA S.A. won a tender to provide the Philippines with a Fuel Integrity Program starting in 2019 which constitutes an integrated array of services controlled and coordinated by SGS and SICPA experts. This Fuel Marking program is securely deployed assuring integrity from marker production, transport and storage, to marking and field inspection. SGS operates a similar program in several countries such as Serbia, Senegal and Ivory Coast.

Fuel Marking demonstration with USEC Antonette Tionko, Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero and BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa

Fuel Marking demonstration with USEC Antonette Tionko, Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero and BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa

The fuel marking solution for the Philippines includes actions such as adding a highly secure marker to the taxed fuels to enable traceability and monitor integrity as these legal fuels move to the supply chain. The program also requires visit of depots and retail sites to collect samples and check the integrity of fuel sales. Mobile inspection laboratories shall be used for instant field testing. Further, the program requires test reports to be produced and data to be analysed for intelligence and risk management information about illegal activities.

Fuel Marking demonstration with USEC Antonette Tionko, Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero and BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa

Fuel Marking demonstration with USEC Antonette Tionko, Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero and BIR Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa

Petroleum products that are refined, manufactured, or imported into the Philippines are required to undergo the program. These are but not limited to diesel fuel, gasoline and kerosene, locally-refined oil products. Prior to nationwide roll-out, the program will be implemented in Metro Manila.

At the Bureau of Custom’s (BOC) 117th anniversary celebration last February 6, 2019, the Department of Finance (DOF) and the BOC has officially launched the Fuel Marking program with SGS Philippines and SICPA S.A. representatives. Read more about the launch from Philstar.

For more information, please contact:

Christa Filius
Oil, Gas and Chemicals Director
3rd Floor Alegria Building 2229 Chino Roces Avenue Makati City, Philippines
t: +632 784 9400
www.sgs.com

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 97,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.