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

Marje Pelayo   •   June 7, 2021   •   243

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.

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.

BOC clears 5.89M Johnson & Johnson, Sinovac, Astrazeneca vaccines

Maris Federez   •   July 17, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Customs (BOC)-Port of NAIA has cleared 5,891,650 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines which arrived in different batches from July 16 to 17, 2021, a customs advisory released on Saturday said.

The cleared vaccines include 3.24 million Johnson and Johnson doses in 2 batches, 1.5 million Sinovac doses, and 1.15 million AstraZeneca doses in 2 batches.

The advisory said a total of 2,757,400 vaccines arrived on Friday at the NAIA Terminal 3 at around 2:30 p.m. This comprised the 1st batch of Johnson and Johnson with 1,606,600 doses and AstraZeneca with 1,150,800 doses.

On Saturday (July 17), a total of 3,134,250 vaccines also arrived at Terminal 3, comprising of the 2nd batch of J&J with 1,634,250 doses and Sinovac with 1.5M doses.

“The shipments were pre-cleared on July 15, 2021, at the BOC-NAIA COVID-19 One-Stop-Shop upon submission by the Department of Health of all pertinent documents as the consignee,” the statement said.

The BOC has, so far, cleared six vaccine brands which include Sinovac from China, AstraZeneca from the UK, Sputnik V from Russia’s Gamaleya, Pfizer and Moderna from the US, and Johnson and Johnson from Europe.

As of this posting, over 27 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been cleared and released by the customs bureau since February 2021.

“Of which, 14.5 million are Sinovac, 6.8 million are AstraZeneca, 350,000 are Sputnik V, 2.48 million are Pfizer, 500,000 are Moderna, and 3.24 million are Johnson & Johnson brands,” the BOC said. —/mbmf

P3.5M worth of smuggled cigarettes seized in Zamboanga City

Marje Pelayo   •   July 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs, Port of Zamboanga (BOC-POZ) on Friday (July 16) reported the seizure of P3.5 million worth of smuggled cigarettes offshore Manalipa Island in Zamboanga City.

During the operation, which happened on Thursday (July 15), authorities conducted seaborne patrol which resulted in the successful interception of one motorized wooden watercraft locally known as “jungkong” named MPB Arshan.

The said watercraft was manned by four crew members and bound for mainland Zamboanga.

It was transporting a total of 100 master cases of King Perfect cigarettes with a total estimated value of P 3.5 million.

Subsequently, the apprehending units together with the operatives from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) conducted visual inspection and paneling on the items for possible presence of illegal drugs.

The seized watercraft and the master cases of cigarettes are under the custody of the BOC for proper inventory and disposition for violation of the provisions of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA) of 2016 and the Tobacco Exportation and Importation Rules and Regulations being implemented by the National Tobacco Administration pursuant to Executive Order No. 245.

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