Customs seizes P54-million worth of smuggled sugar

Robie de Guzman   •   December 17, 2019   •   539

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs-Port of Manila (BOC-POM) on Tuesday reported it has confiscated P54-million worth of Korach-conditioned refined sugar found inside 48 containers.

In a statement, the bureau said the sugar shipments, which were declared as steel, tex screw, clamp, nails and hardware fittings, were discovered after it was examined following an alert raised on the containers in November.

The BOC said the shipments from China arrived on different dates in August and September and were consigned to RZTREC and TRACLEF Trading.

Warrants of Seizure and Detention were issued against the shipment for violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act and the Anti-Agricultural Smuggling Act of 2016.

The BOC said that for this year, a total of P314.506 million worth of misdeclared goods were seized in the Port of Manila. This figure is 17.28% higher than the 268.161 million worth of apprehensions last year.

BOC seizes P25-M worth of smuggled medicines

Marje Pelayo   •   August 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) reported the confiscation of suspected smuggled medicines hidden inside a storage facility in Pasay City.

The composite team which included operatives from the BOC Port of Manila (POM) Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and members of the Port’s Formal Entry Division (FED) discovered inside the facility various German medicines most of which were suspected to be smuggled.

Among those seized were medicines such as Cactus Compositum for coronary circulatory disorder and Testis Compositum which is used for sexual enhancement.

Other drugs confiscated were those suspected to be used to treat liver diseases as well as those used to manage cholesterol levels.

The said shipments estimated at P25 million pesos worth were suspected not to have the necessary import permits.

The operation was launched on July 27, 2021.

A warrant of Seizure and Detention (WSD) was issued against the goods for the possible violation of Section 1400 of RA 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

The Port of Manila strongly warns against the use of unauthorized medicines (those without permits). It also reminds the public that any medication must be taken under the supervision of an attending physician.

P50M worth of misdeclared cigarettes destroyed in Cagayan de Oro

Marje Pelayo   •   July 30, 2021

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs Port of Cagayan de Oro (BOC-CDO) reported the destruction of thousands of misdeclared cigarettes inside the facility of Terra Cycliq Corporation in Brgy. Mantibugao, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon.

The said misdeclared cigarettes estimated to worth P50-million were destroyed on Wednesday (July 28).

According to the BOC, the shipment contained 1,700 master cases or 85,000 reams with brands ‘Two Moon’, ‘Mighty’, ‘Marvel’ and ‘Royal.’

It is consigned to Denian Dry Goods Trading which arrived in Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) in Tagoloan from China on September 18, 2020, declared to be office furniture.

Upon examination by Customs Examiner, together with operatives of Customs Intelligence Investigative Service (CIIS) CDO Field Station and Enforcement and Security Service (ESS) CDO District, the shipment in two containers revealed to contain illegal cigarettes.

The misdeclared goods were destroyed using a road roller and backhoe.

The consignee will be facing charges for violating Section 1400 “Misdeclaration of Goods Description” of Republic Act No. 10863 otherwise known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

P2.3B worth of ukay-ukay seized in Valenzuela

Marje Pelayo   •   July 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC) recently seized billions worth of various counterfeit and used clothing from a warehouse located in Mayzan, Valenzuela City.

The warehouse was inspected by a team from BOC’s Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) and in coordination with the Port’s Enforcement and Security Service (ESS), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Presidential Anti-corruption Commission (PACC) where they discovered counterfeit items with brands such as Nike, Louis Vuitton and Dior.

Also found inside the warehouse were various bales of used clothing, face masks and other imported items with an estimated market value of P2.3 billion.

A warrant of seizure and detention was issued by Manila International Container Port (MICP) District Collector Romeo Allan Rosales to the owner and consignee of the smuggled item for violation of Section 224 in relation to Section 219 of Republic Act (RA) No. 10863 also known as the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).

In his statement Collector Rosales assured that the Bureau is committed to cracking down on prohibited goods.

He also stressed that the trade of used clothing may have negative effects on the user’s health and the local clothing industry.

The operation was in line with the BOC’s intensified anti-smuggling campaign in ports across the country.

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