MANILA, Philippines — Boxes of carrots labeled as apples and used clothing from China greeted Bureau of Customs (BOC) inspectors led by Commissioner Isidro Lapeña during an inspection at the Manila International Container Port (MICP).
The boxes of carrots inside six containers are estimated to be worth P1.97 million while the used clothing are worth P1.8 million.
Commissioner Lapeña said that the misdeclared boxes of carrots arrived at the MICP on August 24, 2018 and were consigned to ASD Total Package Enterprises, Inc.
The container of used clothing which was declared to contain hangers and plastic racks, arrived on September 4 and were addressed to Freccia Prime Marketing, Co.
The consignees of the misdeclared goods are facing various charges.
ASD Total Package Enterprises, Inc. violated Section 117 or the Regulated Importation and Exportation; Section 1400 or the misdeclaration, misclassification, undervaluation in goods; Declaration of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act in Relation to RA 10845 or the Anti-Smuggling Act Of 2016.
Freccia Prime Marketing, Co. is in violation of Section 1400 of RA 10845 or Anti-Smuggling Act of 2016 and RA 4653 that prohibits the commercial importation of textile articles.
BOC warned traders to follow the policies and due process or risk being stripped of BOC accreditation.
“This is the result of our intensified campaign against sa smuggling…I have directed the collectors in all force actually na to be on the watch to be on guard against this kind of syndicated activity to deprive government of the rightful duties and taxes,” Lapeña said.
The Commissioner added that more than 1,000 employees have already been through surprise reshuffling in an effort to improve service.
Meanwhile, seized goods that can still be used will be donated to the Department of Social Welfare and Development to be given to typhoon victims. — Catherine Joy Maglalang