P5-M worth of overpriced PPE, alcohol seized in Binondo, Manila
Marje Pelayo • March 27, 2020 • 1290
MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Friday (March 28) announced the confiscation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and alcohol worth P5-M in a store in San Nicolas, Binondo, Manila.
Information from a concerned citizen of Barangay 281-26 in the area prompted the raid launched by BOC in coordination with the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service (CIIS) assisted by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Manila Police District (MPD) on March 26.
Initial investigation revealed that the store was selling overpriced essential medical items which include face masks, gloves, goggles, alcohols, thermal scanners, test tubes and syringes.
Specifically, the store’s online operation charge buyers almost four times the suggested retail price of the items.
The owners of the shop were not around during the raid. They have only 15 days to provide the authorities importation documents to prove that said items were legally procured.
Otherwise, the owners shall face charges for smuggling in violation of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
The operation was in line with the BOC’s commitment to border security and its relentless campaign to curb smuggling despite the health risk due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bureau of Customs (BOC) has destroyed P10 million worth of hazardous, unsafe products that were illegally imported.
The BOC-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) reported another 24.6 tons of vape products, cosmetics, expired medicines/supplements, and other hazardous and unsafe goods were destroyed through the thermal decomposer (Pyrolysis) facility of the Integrated Waste Management Inc., in Cavite on October 17 and 19.
The said goods were imported without necessary Food and Drug Administration (FDA) registration and permits.
Port of NAIA District Collector Carmelita M. Talusan, in a statement, said the proceedings aim to address perennial congestion problems of customs facilities on abandoned and illegally shipped items. AAC
Around 1,000 boxes of illegally imported firecrackers were destroyed in Davao City, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) said Monday.
In a statement, the BOC said the firecrackers were seized by operatives from the agency’s Port of Davao, the Philippine National Police, and Davao City Explosive Ordnance and Canine Unit.
The items were destroyed by burning last Oct. 1 and 2.
BOC Port of Davao District Collector, Atty. Erastus Sandino Austria said the 1,000 boxes of smuggled firecrackers were misdeclared as cleaning balls, plastic craft, flashlights and plastic coverings.
The items were slipped into the local market, and could have posed unnecessary risks to the community, he added.
“The dangers posed by these illegally imported firecrackers do not end with its seizure. Anything serious can happen to these explosive materials while under storage, as even a small spark could trigger an explosion,” Austria said.
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