Bureau of Customs seized P20-B smuggled goods in 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 28, 2020   •   741

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

119 smuggled live tarantulas seized at NAIA – BOC

Robie de Guzman   •   October 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have prevented another attempt of illegal wildlife trade by intercepting 119 live tarantulas this week.

The BOC on Friday said the live tarantulas were found concealed inside rubber shoes in DHL warehouse last Oct. 28.

The parcel, declared as “buty” — a Polish word for shoes— was shipped by a certain “Michal Krolicki” from Poland to a consignee in General Trias, Cavite.

“Through the vigilance of Customs operatives and examiners, the package yielded suspicious images, and was subjected to physical examination,” the BOC said in a statement.

Customs examiners uncovered different species of live tarantulas in individual plastic vials.

The seized tarantulas were immediately turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit (DENR WTMU) on October 29 for proper handling and disposal, the bureau said.

This is not the first time that the BOC intercepted smuggled wildlife species in NAIA.

In 2019, Customs NAIA intercepted 757 live tarantulas concealed inside oatmeal and cookie boxes and 87 live spiders inside white plastic canisters, both exported from Poland.

Tarantulas are classified as endangered wildlife species, and illegal wildlife trading is penalized with imprisonment of six months and one day to one year and a fine of P10,000 to P200,000 pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act; while unlawful importation is penalized with not less than 30 days and one day but not more than six months or a fine of not less than P25,000 but not more than P75,000, or both, if the appraised value of goods unlawfully imported, including duties and taxes, does not exceed Php250,000.00 under Section 1401 of RA 10863 or the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

The BOC-NAIA assured that despite the pandemic, it will sustain collective effort to protect the country’s premier airport against all fraudulent attempts to import and/or export endangered wildlife species, aside from dangerous drugs and other high risk and dangerous contrabands that pose threat to national security and public health.

Customs to donate to DepEd gadgets, educational items seized at NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Electronic devices and other educational materials seized at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will be donated to the Department of Education (DepEd) to aid in its distance learning program, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said.

In a statement on Tuesday, the BOC said it has conducted inventory of the seized and abandoned items in preparation for donation.

Several devices and items identified for donation include flash drives, hard drives, mobile phones, full HD LED computer monitors, printers, laptops, routers, pocket WiFi, and computer tablets.

The bureau will also donate educational books, and school bags and shoes.

The BOC said it has obtained appropriate clearances from the National Telecommunication Commission and the Optical Media Board to ensure that the items to be donated have passed the minimum standard and are safe for public use.

“Customs NAIA hopes that the gadgets will be of help in the blended learning program of DepEd and be able to support this new learning modalities of students in different communities,” the bureau said.

The effort is part of BOC’s contribution in addressing the effects of COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of DepEd’s distance learning program.

BOC destroys hazardous, unsafe goods worth P10-M

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2020

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

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