Bureau of Customs seized P20-B smuggled goods in 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 28, 2020   •   637

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has seized a total of P20.58 billion-worth of smuggled goods, mostly counterfeit goods, illegal drugs and tobacco products, in 2019.

The BOC said it was able to apprehend P9.44 billion-worth of counterfeit products, P3.59 billion-worth of illegal drugs, and P2.67 billion worth of cigarettes and tobacco products.

The rest are from agricultural goods (P398.47 million), general merchandise (59.87 million), vehicles and accessories (106.55 million), used clothing (P66.86 million), steel products (P78.59 million), electronics (P21 million), goods and firearms (P815,000), currency (P35 million), and other products (P4.1 billion).

They also said their collection efficiency remains consistent at 95.4 percent.

“The collection in 2019, apart from the efforts of our collection districts, is also attributed to revenue collection from issued alert orders amounting to more than P40.9 million; post clearance audits with more than P2 billion collected revenue, and more than P527.9 billion from public auctions,” the BOC said in its report.—AAC

P1.8 million worth of ecstasy pills seized in Pasay City

Robie de Guzman   •   September 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Authorities intercepted another smuggled shipment of party drug ecstasy worth P1.8 million in Pasay City.

The shipment, which contains 980 pieces of ecstasy pills, were found in a parcel misdeclared as “samples” at the Central Mail Exchange Center.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) seized the shipment with the help of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Inter-Agency Drug Interdiction Task Group.

The package was shipped by a certain “U Janssen” from Netherlands and consigned to a certain “Joey S. Ramos Jr.” from Malate, Manila.

The BOC said the party drugs were found after the parcel was subjected to X-Ray scanning and 100% physical examination.

The examination yielded three vacuum sealed pouches containing different colors of pills – gray, turquoise, and orange pills – that were concealed inside a brown envelope.

Field tests conducted by authorities confirmed that the seized Tablets were indeed Methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA) or commonly known as ecstasy.

The BOC said the contraband was turned over to the PDEA on Thursday for profiling and case build-up against the importers and other personalities involved for violation of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to Section 1401 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

BOC destroys tons of seized illegal vape products, other goods

Robie de Guzman   •   September 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Around 21 tons of unsafe and hazardous goods were destroyed in a facility in Trece Martires, Cavite, the Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) said on Monday.

In a statement, the BOC said the items, which included unregistered vape products, medicines and other supplies, were destroyed on Sept. 9.

The vape products were seized for lack of necessary importation permits from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the bureau added.

Vape products are used for inhalation of vapor created by an electronic cigarette and other similar devices. These items have cartridges filled with liquid that usually contains nicotine, flavorings ad chemicals.

The importation and use of vape products were highly regulated by the FDA in view of its noted health hazards, while the importation of unregistered vape products was prohibited under Republic Act No. 11467.

The BOC-NAIA similarly condemned expired food supplies, dietary supplements, medicines, medical kits and devices, glutathione products which were also imported without the necessary FDA permit.

These products can pose health risks if not disposed properly, the bureau said.

Part of the condemned goods last September 9 were other regulated items such as animal feeds, cements, electrical items, bulbs and batteries that were imported without necessary clearances.

The BOC said it will continue to check unsafe and hazardous goods arriving into the country without the proper approval and safety standards clearance to protect consumers and to ensure that only products certified by regulatory agencies with necessary permits are released in the country’s ports of entry.

PH Customs seizes Kush worth P852k at NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) said it has confiscated another parcel containing 533 grams of Kush or high-grade marijuana with an estimated value of P852,000 at the Central Mail Exchange Center in Pasay City.

The BOC said the package was discovered to be misdeclared as five pieces of clothes and was shipped from California, USA. It was addressed to a certain “Aura Talob” of Davao City.

Instead of clothes, it was found to contain high-grade marijuana.

A field test conducted by the Customs Anti-Illegal Drug Trask Force and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency confirmed it as Kush marijuana.

The BOC said the item was turned over to PDEA on Wednesday for further investigation.

Individuals involved in the illegal importation will also be charged for violation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 in relation to the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, it added.

The BOC previously seized Kush in NAIA last January 20, 2020 (112 grams), June 22, 2020 (1,954 grams), and July 15, 2020 (1,044 grams) all coming from the United States and were declared as “chocolates”, “green tea” and “street wear”, respectively.

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