Customs NAIA seizes $38,700 US Dollar bills hidden inside magazines

Robie de Guzman   •   November 17, 2020   •   771

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Tuesday said its operatives at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have intercepted a total of $38,700 US Dollar bills concealed between pages of magazines.

In a statement, the BOC said the bills were found hidden inside three packages in Fedex Warehouse.

The parcels, misdeclared as “documents,” arrived on Nov. 2. These were all sent by a certain Jacqueline Paas from the United States of America and are consigned to individuals from Poblacion, Muntinlupa City.

When subjected to 100% physical examination, the packages were found to contain the smuggled banknotes.

Just last week, the BOC NAIA similarly intercepted US$13,500 undeclared foreign currencies.

In sum, for the year 2020, the port issued Warrants of Seizure and Detention against various currencies with aggregate equivalent value of Php29,875,000.

“The seized foreign currencies shall be subjected to seizure and forfeiture proceedings in violation of Sections 1400 (Misdeclaration) and 1113 of R.A. No. 10863 (CMTA) in relation to the R.A. 7653 (New Central Bank Act) and BSP Foreign Exchange Transaction Manual,” the BOC said.

The bureau reminded the public that the BSP Manual of Foreign Exchange Transaction requires the faithful declaration and accomplishment of Foreign Currency Declaration Forms for importation and exportation of foreign currency in excess of USD10,000 or its equivalent.

P4M worth of cigarettes misdeclared as ‘paper hand towel’ seized in Quezon City

Marje Pelayo   •   June 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs Port of NAIA confiscated a total of 2,520 reams of cigarettes with an estimated market value of P4 million misdeclared as “paper hand towel” bound for Australia.

In a report by BOC, the agency said the smuggled shipment was commissioned for export by a local company based in Novaliches, Quezon City, to South Geelong Victoria, Australia.

Upon physical examination by the assigned trade control examiner, it was instead found to actually contain 2,520 reams of cigarettes.

District Collector Carmelita Talusan already issued a warrant of seizure and detention (WSD) against the seized cigarettes for violation of Section 1400 (Misdeclaration) and Section 1113 (Property Subject to Seizure and Forfeiture) in relation to Section 117 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

The case records shall also be referred to the Bureau Action Team Against Smugglers (BATAS) for possible case building and profiling against the personalities behind the foiled illegal exportation of tobacco products.

BOC seizes P3 million worth of illegally declared onions

Marje Pelayo   •   June 2, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC), through the Manila International Container Port’s (MICP) Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS), reported the seizure of misdeclared shipment of red onions discovered on May 26.

Information gathered through intelligence efforts said the shipment originated from China and was consigned to a certain Potanion Trading.

It was subjected to 100% physical examination witnessed by members of CIIS Enforcement and Security Service’s Customs Anti-illegal Drugs Taskforce (ESS-CAIDTF), Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Chamber of Customs Brokers Inc. (CCBI).

The shipment was originally declared as yellow onions but was later discovered to contain 60% red onions which was estimated to have a value of P3 million.

A warrant of seizure and detention was issued against the shipment for the violation of Section 1113 and Section 1401 of RA 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

BOC seizes P66M worth of fake cigarettes at Port of Subic

UNTV News   •   May 31, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Port of Subic reported the confiscation of two shipments of smuggled cigarettes worth P66.2 million.

Authorities intercepted the illegal shipment on May 28 which arrived at the Port of Subic on May 19.

The forty-footer container was said to contain footwear and was consigned to RNRS Trading.

It was followed by the arrival of another 1×40’ shipment of cartons film consigned to Heybronze Non-Specialized Wholesale Trading.

Both shipments underwent physical examination which yielded the discovery of various fake cigarettes bearing the brands Marvels Menthol, Marvels Filter, Two Moon Filter, Two Moon Menthol, Fort Menthol 100’s, Mighty Menthol, Champion and Jackpot.

Warrants of Seizure and Detention were issued on May 28, 2021 against the shipments for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

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