Customs releases 400K doses of donated Sinovac vaccines from NAIA

Robie de Guzman   •   March 25, 2021   •   486

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Thursday said it has facilitated the clearance and release of 400,000 doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines donated by China from the port of Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

In a statement, the BOC said the second batch of Sinovac vaccine donations was cleared for release a day after it arrived in Manila.

The first 600,000 doses of vaccine arrived last February 28, which was welcomed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero assured the public that the BOC will continue to expedite the processing, clearance, and release of Covid-19 vaccines and related shipments amid the rapid surge of infections in the country.

The BOC-NAIA also committed to further strengthen collaborations with other agencies – the Department of Health (DOH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – to ensure that only safe and registered Covid-19 related goods will be cleared and process to protect the public.

The country is expecting to receive almost 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of the month through the government’s negotiations with Sinovac and through the WHO-led COVAX Facility.

One million of which are procured from China’s Sinovac, while the remaining 979,200 doses are the additional  AstraZeneca doses donated through COVAX Facility.

Louis Vuitton recognizes BOC’s anti-smuggling, anti-counterfeit drive

Marje Pelayo   •   June 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Famous luxury brand Louis Vuitton expressed appreciation for the Bureau of Customs’ (BOC) relentless drive against smuggling and counterfeit items.

This year, the combined efforts of BOC Enforcement Group’s Enforcement and Security Service (EG-ESS) and Intelligence Group’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (IG-CIIS) already seized a total of P2.1 billion in estimated counterfeit goods.

Louis Vuitton Malletier, commonly known as Louis Vuitton or by its initials LV, is a French fashion house and luxury goods company founded in 1854 by Louis Vuitton.

The brand is a manufacturer of high-end bags, belts, shoes and other fashion items.

As such, the brand is commonly the victim of counterfeit and fake items that are illegally imported into the country.

In a statement, Customs Commissioner Rey Guerrero thanked the famous French brand for the recognition given to the efforts brought forth by the Bureau.

He also thanked the representatives of Louis Vuitton for their continued support in the Bureau’s drive against prohibited goods.

The Commissioner also assured that the Bureau of Customs shall remain committed in securing the country’s border and supporting legitimate brand owners.

Guerrero received a plaque of recognition from the famous luxury brand on June 14.

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).

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