4 kilograms of shark teeth seized in Mactan, Cebu

Marje Pelayo   •   September 6, 2021   •   228

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported the seizure of a parcel containing 4.98 kilograms of extracted shark teeth misdeclared as plastic components for fashion accessories.

The shipment, which was seized in BOC Cebu-Subport of Mactan on Tuesday (August 31), was discovered through x-ray imaging which prompted the X-Ray inspection project team (XIP) to mark it for further verification.

Accordingly, BOC authorities conducted a physical examination on the parcel together with representatives from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and DHL Express Cebu.

The BFAR representative confirmed the contents of the parcel to be shark teeth and not plastic components as declared and records show the shipment had no import permit issued by BFAR.

Acting District Collector Charlito Martin Mendoza immediately issued a warrant of seizure and detention against the shipment.

The seized articles will be disposed of in accordance with existing customs laws and regulations after undergoing seizure and forfeiture proceedings.

BOC files charges vs traders over P22.68-M smuggled onions, garlic

Maris Federez   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs–Bureau’s Action Team Against Smugglers (BOC-BATAS) filed criminal complaints against alleged four illegal traders of imported onions and garlic from China amounting to more than P22.68 million.

In its Facebook post, the BOC said it has filed a criminal case against FLEVO Trading for the alleged unlawful importation and misdeclaration of the said shipments declared as “Fresh Yellow Onions and Garlic”.

The shipments, with an estimated value of P13,194,368.22, were found to have misdeclared weight and over the total allowable importation in their import permits.

The incident happened on 14 and 16 July 2021, at the Manila International Container Port.

Another criminal case was filed against GBJ Consumer Goods Trading for the alleged unlawful importation and misdeclaration of its shipment declared as “pastries ingredients”.

The shipment, however, was found to contain onions with a total value of P1,721,224.03 on 19 July 2021, at the Port of Davao.

The BOC also reported filing a criminal complaint against JDFALLAR Consumer Goods Trading for a similar offense on its shipments declared as “cream cheese” but were found to contain onions amounting to P5,178,281.58 on 10 August 2021, at the Port of Cagayan de Oro.

The agency also charged PDCC Consumer Goods Trading with a criminal case for the unlawful importation and misdeclaration of its shipment said to contain “frozen puff pastry” but was found to contain onions on 10 August 2021, at the Port of Cagayan de Oro.

According to the BOC, criminal and administrative charges were filed against the customs brokers who processed the importation of the subject smuggled agricultural products.

“The importers and the customs brokers violated Republic Act No. 10863, otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), Republic Act No. 10845, otherwise known as the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016, and other pertinent laws, rules, and regulations,” the BOC said.

P6.5 million worth of Ecstasy pills seized in Pasay City

Robie de Guzman   •   October 14, 2021

 MANILA, Philippines – A shipment of ecstasy tablets from Germany was seized at the Central Mail Exchange in Pasay City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement, the BOC said the illegal drugs confiscated on Wednesday was estimated to have a market value of P6,570,500.00.

The operation was conducted by the bureau’s operatives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), and the NAIA Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group.

Initial examination of the parcel revealed two improvised pouches, which contained a total of 3,865 hexagon tablets and skull tablets later confirmed as ecstasy tablets.

“The seized illegal drugs are now under the custody of PDEA for case profiling and build up against persons responsible,” the BOC said.

Individuals behind the shipment may face charges for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act 2002 (Republic Act No. 9165) in relation to Section 119 (Restricted Importation) and Section 1401 (Unlawful Importation) of Republic Act No. 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA), it added.

 

BOC seized P4.80M worth of smuggled cigarettes

Maris Federez   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday announced that the elements of its Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and Enforcement and Security Service-Customs Police Division (ESS-CPD) intercepted two motorized wooden watercraft on Friday (Oct. 8).

The BOC said the operation was conducted in coordination with the Philippine National Police’s 2nd Zamboanga City Mobile Force Company (PNP ZCMFC).

The two watercraft, locally called “Jungkong”, were loaded with assorted smuggled cigarettes with an estimated value of ₱4,795,000.

The Customs said that during the interception, the watercraft with body mark M/V Mernalyn Z was found to be loaded with more or less 50 master cases of assorted smuggled cigarettes.

Another watercraft with the body mark M/J AZ-ZHAHIR was loaded with an estimated eighty-seven (87) master cases of the same smuggled articles.

In total, 137 master cases of smuggled cigarettes were seized from both vessels, according to the BOC.

Customs authorities said the watercraft and smuggled cigarettes shall be subject to seizure and forfeiture proceeding under Section 1113 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA). —/mbmf

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