Bureau of Customs destroys smuggled firecrackers in Davao City
Robie de Guzman • October 12, 2020 • 154
Around 1,000 boxes of illegally imported firecrackers were destroyed in Davao City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Monday.
In a statement, the BOC said the firecrackers were seized by operatives from the agency’s Port of Davao, the Philippine National Police, and Davao City Explosive Ordnance and Canine Unit.
The items were destroyed by burning last Oct. 1 and 2.
BOC Port of Davao District Collector, Atty. Erastus Sandino Austria said the 1,000 boxes of smuggled firecrackers were misdeclared as cleaning balls, plastic craft, flashlights and plastic coverings.
The items were slipped into the local market, and could have posed unnecessary risks to the community, he added.
“The dangers posed by these illegally imported firecrackers do not end with its seizure. Anything serious can happen to these explosive materials while under storage, as even a small spark could trigger an explosion,” Austria said.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has destroyed P10 million worth of hazardous, unsafe products that were illegally imported.
The BOC-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) reported another 24.6 tons of vape products, cosmetics, expired medicines/supplements, and other hazardous and unsafe goods were destroyed through the thermal decomposer (Pyrolysis) facility of the Integrated Waste Management Inc., in Cavite on October 17 and 19.
The said goods were imported without necessary Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registration and permits.
Port of NAIA District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan, in a statement, said the proceedings aim to address perennial congestion problems of customs facilities on abandoned and illegally shipped items. AAC
Around P50 million worth of misdeclared cigarettes from China were destroyed by the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of Cagayan de Oro last October 2.
The cigarettes came from different shipments that were declared as furniture and disposable cups. One of the shipments arrived last May 14 while the other shipment arrived last June 9 at Mindanao Container Terminal in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.
District Collector John Simon issued a Decree of Abandonment after the shipment failed to request for extension of lodgement of its goods.
“The shipment has been previously issued with an Alert Order. This was followed by a 100% physical examination which revealed the shipment actually containing cigarettes,” the BOC said in a statement. AAC
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